(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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