Obama campaigns on the back of a pick-up truck.
KEOKUK, Iowa (CNN) - Standing on the bed of an old pick-up truck draped in red, white and blue, Sen. Barack Obama pitched himself as the candidate best able to make the changes he says Americans are yearning for.
"I am ready to lead this country," he told voters standing outside an elementary school in Keokuk, Iowa. "I know where America needs to go."
The mid-afternoon retail event drew several hundred people, a number the Obama campaign claims is typical for stops outside of larger venues around the state. Obama did, however, make reference to the "enormous crowds" he's drawn at stops around the country. He highlighted several specific ones, including an Iowa City event, where he said 10,000 folks showed up, and another in Davenport, where he claimed 4,500 people turned out.
Hillary and Bill Clinton are holding events in Iowa City and Davenport today. The Obama staff pleaded ignorance.
Like Sen. Chris Dodd earlier today, Obama said he knew voters were getting down to "choosing" their candidate. "I want all of your support, I want you to caucus for me," he said, but added that if some in the crowd picked another candidate, that was okay as long as they got out to caucus.
- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson