LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Sen. Barack Obama says the $700 billion plan to rescue the nation's financial industry isn't perfect but must be passed "to prevent a crisis from turning into a catastrophe."
The Democratic presidential nominee says he understands that members of both parties have legitimate concerns about the plan but it's time "to step up to the plate and do what's right for the country."
Obama says that's why he will fly back to Washington later Wednesday to cast his vote for the plan in the Senate, where it is expected to pass.
Obama spoke at a large outdoor rally in downtown La Crosse. The La Crosse Fire Department estimated the crowd at more than 15,000.