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Friday
Oct292010

At Rally, Obama Showers Virginia Democrat With Praise

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- President Obama kept his evening plans to stump for embattled Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Addressing a nighttime rally at the Charlottesville Pavilion, President Obama made an impassioned plea for Rep. Perriello’s reelection.

"I was in the neighborhood and thought I'd stop by," Obama told the crowd, "just to make sure that you get out and vote for one of the best congressman Virginia has ever had, Tom Perriello." 

Obama started his remarks by asking the crowd if they were fired up.  By the emotion and body language he displayed, however, it seemed it was the president who was fired up.

Obama spoke with added emphasis (at times raising his voice to shout) about his belief Perriello has been a tremendous member of Congress.

“Go Tom, go! Go Tom, go! Go Tom, go,” Obama shouted to the crowd after they started the chant.
The president said political courage is hard to come by these days and that Perriello has demonstrated tremendous courage in Congress by taking on insurance companies, credit card companies and Wall Street banks.
“The question I have for you is: When somebody like this has your back, do you have his back?” the president asked.

Obama added, “He didn’t go to Washington to do what was easy, what was popular.  He went to do what was right.”

With Democrats facing the possibility they will lose their majority in the House of Representatives, Obama urged the crowd to vote, saying, "If everybody who voted for change in 2008 shows up" then his party will do well. 

Obama swiped at Republicans for feeling "cocky" about their chances of winning big on Tuesday and said both parties need to work together going forward.

After President Obama addressed reporters this afternoon at the White House about the credible terror threat posed by explosive material found in packages bound for the U.S., White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president’s schedule was not expected to change.  The Virginia rally was Obama's only stop for a Democratic congressional candidate and it was the beginning of a final campaign push.

Perriello has faced a tough reelection campaign in his conservative district after narrowly winning the seat in 2008.  He’s backed the president on key pieces of legislation such as the health care and stimulus bills. Perrielo trails his Republican challenger, State Sen. Robert Hurt, in polls.

Campaigning around the country, the president has mentioned Perriello as one of a group of "courageous" Democrats who cast tough votes in support of his agenda even though, perhaps, it was not in their best interests politically. 

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Friday
Oct292010

Will GOP Leader Stump With Nazi Reenactor Saturday?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- House Minority Leader John Boehner is holding a Get Out The Vote rally on Saturday in Northwest Ohio and might be joined by a congressional candidate who was criticized for dressing up in a vintage Nazi uniform in a World War II reenactment.

Rich Iott, who is challenging Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in Ohio's 9th district, was a former member of a World War II reenactment group that portrayed part of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division, a unit in the German army during World War II. Photos of Iott dressed as a soldier wearing a German Waffen SS uniform have been widely distributed over the internet.

A web page on Iott’s campaign website announced earlier this week that Iott would join Boehner on Saturday at the Lucas County Victory Center rally to support the local Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote efforts. However, the event has since been taken off Iott’s campaign website. It’s unclear whether Iott still plans to attend the rally.

Repeated calls and emails to Iott’s campaign headquarters and staff Friday inquiring about Iott’s campaign plans this weekend have not been answered.

The minority leader’s press office declined to speculate whether Iott would attend the event as well. Lucas County is not part of the 9th district in Ohio, where Iott is hoping to unseat Kaptur.

Iott explained earlier this month that he participated in the reenactments as a hobby and a father-son bonding experience. He says he has participated in a range of reenactments over the years including as a Union Army soldier and as American soldiers in World War I and II.

Democrats were quick to pounce at the prospect of a campaign stop featuring the top Republican in the House of Representatives alongside the controversial congressional candidate.

“Not only has John Boehner recruited and financed a disgraced Nazi enthusiast running for Congress, but now even more outrageous Boehner is attending a campaign rally with him,” Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said. “John Boehner clearly needs a history lesson. John Boehner’s stubborn embrace of this Nazi enthusiast insults the memory of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust and our nations’ veterans who sacrificed to defend our freedom.”

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, also took issue with Iott’s affinity for vintage uniforms during an appearance on a Fox News show earlier this month.

“I would absolutely repudiate that and do not support an individual who would do something like that,” Cantor said after the photos of Iott spread virally across the internet.

National Jewish Democratic Council President David A. Harris released a statement saying a campaign rally with Boehner and Iott would be “disturbing” and “offensive.”

“Apparently Boehner has little regard for victims of the Holocaust, their families and sensitivities, and the valiant members of the armed services who so bravely fought for our country,” Harris said. “It goes without saying that Rich Iott and his wildly insensitive penchant for dressing like a Nazi has no place in the halls of Congress.”

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