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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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Uncle Smartypants August 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Rmoney is going to take us back to our roots? You mean, when slavery was legal and women couldn't vote? GO RMONEY!!!!!
Skip Endale August 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
It just thrills me to know that in this country a black person has a 50/50 chance of becoming president. That is how broken the conservative movement has become - and still banking on the race card [chuckles]
Richard Holmquist August 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
How is Obamacare a tax on everyone? You can argue that it's a tax on those who choose not to buy health insurance, but not a tax on everyone. I'm thrilled with Obamacare. No more getting denied by insurance companies for a pre-existing condition. 30 million more Americans insured, so not at risk of financial ruin if they need expensive treatment. Well done, Pres! Four more years!
Richard Holmquist August 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
With the winding down of the foreign wars, we're now over-strength in the military. As a conservative, wouldn't you prefer that Americans be privately employed rather than employed by the government in an unnecessary job? The Obama administration and Congress have put some bipartisan effort into programs to transition veterans to the private sector. Not enough effort, in my opinion, but I can say that my VA benefits are coming in quite handy this week as I refinance my home loan. The terms are much better than I could get without such assistance in the general market.
smwance August 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
And it's easy to vote for Romney when you're old, greedy and/or anti-progress.
smwance August 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Uhm, isn't this where the so-called "job creators" are supposed to come into play?
smwance August 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Obama in Loudon...his appealing to the entire state of Texas might seem easy compared to trying to get support from the conservative tightwads in that county.
joe brewer August 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Obamanomics= 535 million dollar loan guarantee to Solyandra which equates to 2900 people's federal tax bill of 40 years gone but the upside is the 1100 employees get unemployment. One candidate wastes money the other makes money vote your pocketbook.
MIke August 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
While I'm not a fan of Romney in the slightest, Obama is a complete an total failure as president. Almost everything that he promised, he has not delivered on. While I wish I could vote for Ron Paul, I'll likely vote for Gary Johnson (L).
James August 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Obama has added over 5 trillion in new debt in less than 4 years. Unemployment is 8.3 percent. Food prices are rising. Gas prices are rising. Healthcare costs going up. We are headed for a double dip recession. The only reason people keep saying things are that bad is because Europe is in the toilet. Yet nobody wants to look at FACTS!!! They blindlessly follow the main media and what Obama says. It is our country's downfall.
James August 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Yeah, his record on jobs and debt are not perfect. There terrible!!! This President has not met with jobs counsel in 6 months. 8.3 percent unemployment!!! Great Job Obama!!
Lovinlife August 03, 2012 at 08:18 PM
We are still climbing out of economic conditions far worse than anyone imagined, created by the eight years of Bush/Cheney, NO ONE CAN deny that. President Obama did what he had to do with the stimulus to prevent further damage. He saved the auto industry, the stock market has more than doubled from the disaster, he passed healthcare legislation, which will prevent those who chose to be irresponsbile for the coverage from leaning on the rest of us, he passed the Lily Leadbetter legistration, equal pay for equal work, and all this while the republican congress decided on the day of his inaugaration, their number one job was to see that he failed. He hadn't done anything yet on January 20, 2009. Their number one job was to see the President of the United States fail. And President Obama has failed. Really???
Lovinlife August 03, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Almost everything, Mike? Oh, I forgot to mention, he got Bin Laden, while attending the White House Correspondence Dinner. Say what you want about Obama. He has not been a failure. Oh, and BTW, Love your plan to throw away a vote on Ron Paul or Gary Johnson. Let me know just how that will work for you on the morning November, 7th.
the-stix August 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
If you live in Fairfax County, your vote for Johnson may likely be a vote for the "complete failure" as you call Obama. Great country.. your choice.
Another Patriotic Liberal August 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The average Republican who votes for the GOP -- not the rich Romney type Republicans -- is voting against his or her own economic interests. If you're a millionaire, sure, you should vote for Mitt. If you work for a living, think before you open up a can of Bain on America
joe brewer August 03, 2012 at 11:31 PM
More psycho babble from the liberal patroits, kinda reminds me of what Reid did with Romney's taxes. Stock market doubled? Saved auto industry or at least a part of it. By the way where is Gm building a new plant China, Mexico or Brazil and would it be considered outsourcing?
GetReal August 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Correction: "Obama is a complete an total failure as president." except for......... 1. Passed Health Care Reform: It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans 2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. 5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan 6. Eliminated Osama bin laden 7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. 8. Recapitalized Banks: Got banks back on their feet at essentially zero cost to the government. 9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" 10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi
Another Patriotic Liberal August 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Q. Why won't Mitt Romney release his taxes? A. It would be slightly damaging to his campaign in a close election. B. It would be seriously damaging to his campaign. C. It would destroy his campaign. D. It wouldn't hurt his campaign at all. Well, clearly Willard and his staff feel that releasing them would be a lot worse than continuing to hide them, so we can eliminate A. and D. above. If the damage was minor they'd release the taxes and take the hit now, months before the election. He's no George Romney, that's for sure.
Ashburner August 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Debt? Look at the Bush tax cuts. without the cuts no additional debt would have accrued. France just passed a new tax rate for rich 75%. Tinkle down economics never worked.
The Analyst August 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
The "root of all evil" in this country is likely tied to outsourcing. The Democrats have completely failed to recognize this, and the Republicans, with party members like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, are proponents of it. Any job -ANY- that does not rely on direct human interaction or presence on a regular basis can be outsourced, even though the quality of outsourced labor is clearly inferior. If the Democrats had any brains they would do a study on the impact of outsourcing on both its victims as well as the economy. They could likely hold the results of the study up as proof that Republican policies are responsible for nearly every single economic problem in this country. I firmly believe that the typical victim of outsourcing either never fully recovers monetarily or it takes years to do so. Often, victims end up taking jobs in completely different fields (Engineer at $85,000/year to House Painter at $40,000/year). The cyclical growth in the exporting of jobs not only shifts more wealth overseas, it lowers the economic clout at home as well. Less money spent by the once engineer simply amounts to losses for other American businesses. Republican elites such as Whitman and Fiorina have cost tens of thousands of US employees their jobs, and taken the cost savings and pocketed it passing only a miniscule savings to consumers. Over a 13 year period, this likely explains the extreme polarization we now see growing between the ultra wealthy and everyone else.
The Analyst August 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
The "root of all evil" in this country is likely tied to outsourcing. The Democrats have completely failed to recognize this, and the Republicans, with party members like Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, and possibly even Mitt Romney are proponents of it. Any job that does not rely on direct human interaction on a regular basis whether it be a nurse, engineer, or now, even MDs can be outsourced. If the Democrats had any brains they would do a study on the impact of outsourcing on both its victims as well as the economy. They could likely hold the results of the study up as proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Republican policies are responsible for nearly every single economic problem in this country. I firmly believe that the typical outsourcing victim never fully recovers monetarily or it takes years to do so. Often, victims end up taking jobs in completely different fields (Engineer at $85,000/year to House Painter at $40,000/year). The cyclical growth in the exporting of jobs not only shifts more wealth overseas, it lowers the economic clout at home as well. Less money spent by the once engineer simply amounts to losses at other American businesses. Republican elites such as Whitman and Fiorina have cost tens of thousands of US employees their jobs, and taken the cost savings and pocketed it passing only a miniscule savings to consumers. Over a 10 year period, this likely explains the extreme polarization we now see growing between the ultra wealthy and everyone else.
Don Joy August 09, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Democrats are more to blame for the horrific debt crisis and economic collapse.
Don Joy August 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Should the average working person vote for someone who represents more jobs being created by capitalism, or for the socialist who holds out the promise of a government check?
Colter95 October 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
How do you feel now after Obama has tried to deceive the American people on Benghazi? That's on top of the worst economic "recovery" in our history, high unemployment, and skyrocketing debt... Four more years of the SOS would be a disaster...
Colter95 October 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Romney has shown the same amount of tax returns as McCain did, and nobody had a problem with it then... We all know Romney is rich, and we all know that he pays a low tax rate because his money comes from capital gains, not a regular paycheck... Those are the tax laws of the land... If you don't like them, petition your congressman to have them changed... Don't fault Romney for following the tax code... I'm much more concerned about which candidate can turn our economy around and create jobs... Romney has a plan, whether you agree with it or not... All Obama has is give me four more years to get it right... Why would I repeat the same mistake twice? When you add this Benghazi, Libya disgrace to the equation, it's a slam dunk for Romney/Ryan...
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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