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Friday
Jul132012

President Obama: ‘When We Get Virginia, We Will Win This Election’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(HAMPTON, Va.) -- Seeking to hold on to the state he turned from solidly red to blue, President Obama told Virginia voters Friday night that they hold the key to victory in November.

“If I win Virginia, I’m going to get four more years, that I can say with some confidence,” the president told supporters in Roanoke.

Obama is spending two days barnstorming the state, touting his economic agenda and reaching out to Virginia’s military families as he promotes himself as a defender of the middle class and rival Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch millionaire.

In 2008, Obama ended decades of Republican domination in Virginia, when he became the first Democratic candidate to carry the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

“Here we are again, Virginia. The eyes of the nation are going to be on us again,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said ahead of the president’s remarks Friday evening. “In 2008, we changed the guard. In 2012 we’re going to guard the change.”

While Obama won Virginia by a 53 to 46 margin over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., four years ago, the president and Romney are expected to fiercely compete for the state’s 13 Electoral College votes come November.

“This is going to be critical real estate in this national battle to re-elect President Obama, and we’re going to win that battle just like we did in 2008, just like we surprised folks,” former governor and Senate candidate Tim Kaine said earlier Friday in Virginia Beach. “A lot of folks didn’t think Virginia was competitive. They learned otherwise.”

In addition to speaking at five campaign events over his two-day swing, the president is also making frequent impromptu stops to speak directly to voters as he kicks up his retail campaigning. On Friday, he stopped at a Virginia Beach restaurant to chat with military wives and later dropped by the local VFW in Phoebus, Va.

“I’m serious, I’m going to get some votes down here,” the president told the crowd of more than 3,000 at a fire house in Roanoke, Va. “I promise you, we will finish what we started.”

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Saturday
Jun042011

Huntsman Kicks Off New Hampshire Tour, But Avoiding Iowa

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jon Huntsman kicked off his three-day, 11-stop tour of New Hampshire over the weekend to appeal to voters in the state holding the nation’s first primary.

Voters in Iowa, on the other hand, will not be awarded the same face time, as Huntsman says he probably won’t be spending a lot of time there since he doesn’t believe in subsidies that support corn, soybeans and ethanol, according to published reports.

Huntsman’s decision to avoid the Hawkeye state stands in direct contrast with presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who is also decisively anti-ethanol. Pawlenty is logging countless hours in Iowa, petitioning voters one-by-one to support his campaign.

At Friday night’s Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington DC, Pawlenty said, “There’s people who say, ‘you know Tim, if you tell the truth as you’re running for president, you may lose an election.’ I’m afraid that if we don’t tell the truth we’re going to lose our country.”

“When I started my campaign, I went to the all-important state of Iowa and said even for people in Iowa there’s some real truths we’re going to have to tell. That means we’re going to have to phase out the ethanol subsidies,” said Pawlenty.

Huntsman has not formally declared his candidacy, but he has already mapped out a campaign strategy to connect with voters in key primary states, and says he plans to compete vigorously in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

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