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Obama: Romney Policies Would Take US Backwards

President Barack Obama speaks to an overflow crowd at a campaign event at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., July 13, 2012.President Barack Obama speaks to an overflow crowd at a campaign event at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., July 13, 2012.
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President Barack Obama speaks to an overflow crowd at a campaign event at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., July 13, 2012.
President Barack Obama speaks to an overflow crowd at a campaign event at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., July 13, 2012.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Friday returned to Virginia, which is among a few key states that could determine the fate of his bid for re-election in November, and the White House chances for his presumed Republican rival, Mitt Romney. 

Obama won Virginia in 2008 when the state went into the Democratic Party column for the first time in decades, giving him a 53 percent to 46 percent margin over his then-Republican rival, Arizona Senator John McCain.

By an unofficial count, Obama has visited Virginia 46 times since taking office, 15 times since he formally filed for re-election.  Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is also focused on winning in Virginia.

Obama's stops Friday were in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Hampton, areas where many military families live and where the president enjoys significant support from African-American voters.

The president hit all his major themes, saying his administration created more than 4 million jobs, and is working tirelessly for the middle class, although more work remains to repair the economy.

Obama refuted Romney assertions that current policies are "destroying jobs" and said Romney and Republicans would bring a return to "top-down" economic policies that do not work.

"We tried it for most of the last decade," the president said. "And what were the results?  We ended up turning record surpluses into record deficits.  Wages, incomes stagnated. Job growth sluggish.  And it culminated in the worst financial crisis that we have seen since the 1930's.  Now, if you try something and it doesn't work, why would you try it again?  Why would we want to go back to that?"

Obama referred to negative political advertising in the U.S. presidential campaign he said is causing negativity and cynicism among Americans who sense a disconnect between politics and challenges they face.

He did not mention his own advertising, which includes this video which focused on the controversy over Romney's role in the Bain venture capital firm, a company he founded in 1984. The controversy surrounds documents that raise questions about past statements Romney made about when he gave up control of Bain.

In an interview with CBS, Obama called the focus on Romney's business record "entirely appropriate" because the likely Republican nominee has used his background as his "main calling card" in running for president.

The Romney campaign has accused Obama of being dishonest, particularly on the issue of whether Romney was responsible for "outsourcing" jobs to other countries.

Obama on Friday also criticized the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for voting for the 33rd time to repeal or weaken his health care reform law.  He criticized Republican opposition to his proposal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for families earning up to $250,000.

On the president's schedule for next week are four days of intense campaigning, including a return visit to Ohio, another critically important election state, and stops in Texas and Florida.

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by: Anonymous
July 14, 2012 3:41 PM
President Obama did great for VA, a state many of our vetrans and active service members reside at. This is a special state for the Obama administration, unlike the previous administration the President Obama respects US service members, he makes sure they are away from harm. He is also making sure the returned service personnel are well taken care of, those in need of civilian living are finding it easier transition than under the previous administration.

Those in need of medical help are finding it better now than in the past. Another importnat news is that VA has amongst the lowest unemployment record and continue to enjoy due to the initiatives President Obama acted on. VA will go Democrat this time round, like three and half years earlier.


by: Simon Missionary from: Accra-Ghana
July 14, 2012 7:07 AM
I know that the President Obama and the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day saints (Mormon) Thomas .s Monsoon are living at Home Enjoying with what their families,personally I need religious freeedom practice to my Mormon religion as I have requested for Elder Clinger who sent me to Accra-Ghana and understood that there is no religious freedom here,the church securities told me that they will not allowed me to fetch water for bath,President Obama has been fighting corruption since he becomes president,I wish my own case will be open on emergency,let the court and everybody saw my gulitiness before the Church securities and their boss.
Personally ,I am innocent,I hope the the U.S President Obama will also help me request for Elder Clinger who sent me to look for work, Elder Clinger can also help me do my passport because he is my friend and my teacher ,I beg everyday in the street there is no gulity in me .
May God bless you more,

Have a nice day.

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