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Obama: Victory in Loudoun Equals Reelection

The president draws a large crowd to Loudoun County High School during his campaign for a second term.

Calling this year’s race for president with Mitt Romney a “pretty intense campaign,” President Barack Obama said there are clear differences between Romney and himself.

The president spoke at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg Thursday evening because he believes its key to this year’s election.

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“The choice that we face in November could not be bigger,” Obama said. “This is a choice between two fundamentally different paths for our country, two fundamentally different visions.”

And the crowd at Loudoun County High School Thursday evening for the president’s reelection campaign stop appeared to prefer Obama’s.

“I think he’s the best candidate for the future, for my children,” said Jenny Rounds, who drove from Centreville with her children to hear Obama speak.

What’s more, those gathered for the president do not think Romney—who has come under fire even from Republicans for not releasing more than his two most recent tax returns—can relate to them.

“I just don’t think he’s in touch with the majority of the American people,” said Sarah Cunningham about the president’s Republican rival, whom she also called “misguided.”

While Romney supporters have focused on the still-sagging economy, Obama touted accomplishments, such as helping the auto industry and passing his signature health care initiative, but admitted there’s a long way to go.

“Nobody’s satisfied with our pace of growth,” he said, but suggested Romney’s policies benefit only the wealthy. “Every time we’ve grown, it hasn’t been from the top down. It’s been from the middle out.”

A primary divide between the two major political parties at the moment centers on the renewal of Bush-era tax reductions. While Republicans want to extend the breaks for all income levels, most Democrats and Obama prefer extending the cuts only for those making less than $250,000.

“He’s asking you to pay more so folks like him can pay less,” Obama said. “They’ve shown us this trickle down, tax cut, fairy dust before. We need tax cuts for working Americans.”

Meanwhile, the president said Americans in his tax bracket to “contribute a little more.”

Critics have focused on Obama’s 2008 campaign promises, including a suggestion that voters would not want to reelect him if unemployment remained above 8 percent, which it has.

“We know we’ve more to do, but it gives a sense what it’s like to move forward and not back,” he said, adding that $1 trillion has been trimmed from the budget and more than 4 million jobs have come back during his term.

“Are we going to be better off if we keeping moving forward?” he asked the crowd. “That’s what this election is all about. That’s what I believe.”

One man who described himself as a Republican seemed to be leaning toward Obama for a second election.

“My big concern is the national debt,” said Mark Shupe, who considers that a potential national security threat. Much of the debt increased from wars the country recently has fought.

“I don’t know of any time in the history of our country that cuts taxes when you wage two different wars,” Shupe said.

Michael Fehr, 22, of Leesburg, attended the event with his brother Joe, 18. Both plan to vote for Obama.

“He’s definitely a man of passion,” Michael said, adding that he has little confidence in the alternative. “I just think Gov. Romney comes off as aloof sometimes.”

In 2008, Obama won Loudoun County with 53.7 percent of the votes. 

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Colter95 October 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Agreed, Lisa... Why would anyone want to reelect a guy who hasn't delivered on his 2008 campaign promises? Create millions of jobs with his $90 billion green energy program - FAIL... Get the economy going again with that massive stimulus package - FAIL... Cut the deficit in half - FAIL - He's doubled it... Balance the budget - FAIL - He's added $6 trillion to the national debt... Lower unemployment - FAIL - It was over 8% for 42 straight months... Lower the price of gas - FAIL - The price of gas has doubled... Reach out to the Islamic world, apologize for the U.S., and have them embrace the USA - FAIL - Four dead diplomats in Benghazi, Libya... And Uncle Smartypants, with his reference to slavery and women without the right to vote is just being blatantly ignorant... Romney/Ryan 2012
GetReal October 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Romney was for covering pre-conditions as governor and against covering pre-conditions while running for the republican nomination and then for covering pre-conditions in the first debate and then he was against it after his staff "clarified" his position . Maybe during another Romnesia episode he will be for it again. He makes my head spin, how about yours?
Colter95 October 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
e mcdonald, I would say Mr. community organizer lacked experience much more than Romney when he was elected, and he was part of the slickest, most corrupt political machine in the country as a byproduct of Chicago politics... As for foreign policy, Obama's world wide apology tour, designed to get Islamic hard liners to embrace the US, or at least stop trying to kill us all, has been an absolute failure... That is why he did not want to identify the events in Benghazi as a terrorist act, because it shows his complete failure in foreign policy... And the subsequent coverup attempt is a disgrace... Such dishonesty at the top cannot be accepted... Nixon resigned for such, and no one died in Watergate...
Colter95 October 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
It's Obama playing the race card, and class warfare, in an all out effort to win reelection... Between the economy and this Benghazi disaster/coverup, there is no way Obama has earned another four years, and who would want another four like the last four? He hasn't delivered on his campaign promises, he hasn't turned the economy around, and his foreign policy is an embarrassing disgrace...
Colter95 October 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Hey smwance, it's Loudoun County you rocket scientist... And just so you know, Loudoun County voted for Obama in 2008, so you really don't know what you're talking about... That said, they shouldn't vote for him again, because he hasn't earned their vote... He hasn't followed through on his campaign promises, the economy sucks, and four died in Libya, and he lied... That just cannot be acceptable to anyone...

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