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Obama takes the stage in La Crosse

Staffers in La Crosse getting ready for Sen. Obama Staffers in La Crosse getting ready for Sen. Obama
Crowd waits for Obama in La Crosse around 9 a.m. Crowd waits for Obama in La Crosse around 9 a.m.
Obama took the stage around 10 a.m. Wednesday Obama took the stage around 10 a.m. Wednesday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says it's time for Congress "to take some clear action" on a financial rescue for Wall Street.

Speaking to a crowd in downtown La Crosse, Obama has warned that the $700 billion financial industry bailout is not just for Wall Street, but to keep the American economy afloat.

Obama spent the last day calling rank-and-file Democrats rallying support for the legislation, aides say. Obama also has called publicly for Congress to quickly pass the legislation "to prevent a crisis from turning into a catastrophe."

Obama will go to Washington to vote on the legislation Wednesday before heading to Michigan, a key battleground state.

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