Both Presidential Candidates Return to Campaign Trail

    President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nov. 1, 2012. President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nov. 1, 2012.
    x
    President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nov. 1, 2012.
    President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nov. 1, 2012.
    Kent Klein
    Three days after Hurricane Sandy soaked the U.S. East Coast and five days before the U.S. elections, President Barack Obama resumed his reelection campaign on Thursday.  The president and challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are expected to campaign almost non-stop from now until Tuesday.

    After a three-day pause,  Obama was back on the campaign trail, speaking at an airport rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    The president began his speech by discussing the devastation he saw on Wednesday, while touring New Jersey with the state’s Republican governor.

    “There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm.  There are just fellow Americans.  Leaders of different parties working to fix what is broken, neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy; communities rallying to rebuild," Obama said.

    But Obama, a Democrat, quickly pivoted to the familiar message of his campaign speeches.

    “You will be making a choice between two fundamentally different visions of America - one where we return to the top-down policies that crashed our economy.  Don’t boo, Wisconsin.  Vote.  A future that is built on a strong and growing middle class," he said.

    Green Bay was the first of the president’s four stops on Thursday.  The day’s itinerary also included stops in Las Vegas, Nevada; Denver, Colorado and Columbus, Ohio.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop at Meadow Event Park, in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2012.Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop at Meadow Event Park, in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2012.
    x
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop at Meadow Event Park, in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2012.
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop at Meadow Event Park, in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2012.
    Romney was scheduled for three campaign stops during the day, all in the swing state of Virginia.

    At a rally near the state capital, Richmond, the Republican candidate also acknowledged the damage from Hurricane Sandy, and asked his supporters to help the victims.

    “And I hope you will keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and if you have a few extra dollars, sending them along to the American Red Cross or to the Salvation Army or to other relief organizations can make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens," he said. "We care about them.  It is part of who we are as Americans to step forward when people need our help, and this is one of those times."

    Romney sharply criticized the president’s performance on the economy, and he ridiculed Obama’s proposal to consolidate several Cabinet agencies into a Department of Business.

    “I just do not think another cabinet chair is going to create the jobs that America needs.  And so I am entitled to make sure that we get a president who understands business, as opposed one who to tries to hire someone into the Cabinet who has a background in business," he said.

    Vice President Joe Biden and his opponent, Representative Paul Ryan, are campaigning intensely, as are first lady Michelle Obama and Romney’s wife, Ann.  Former Democratic President Bill Clinton has also been making numerous appearances on Obama's behalf.

    Public opinion surveys show the race virtually tied, with the president holding small leads in a few of the states where analysts say the election might be decided.  

    • President Barack Obama waves to supporters during a campaign event at McArthur High School, Hollywood, Florida, November 4, 2012.
    • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Newport News International Airport, Newport News, Virginia, November 4, 2012.
    • A panoramic view of President Obama's rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, November 5, 2012. (Kane Farabaugh/VOA)
    • A panoramic view of President Obama's rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, November 5, 2012. (Kane Farabaugh/VOA)
    • Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during a campaign event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock Colorado, November 4, 2012.
    • President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Community College of Aurora, in Aurora, Colorado, November 4, 2012.
    • A supporter listens to President Obama at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin, November 1, 2012.
    • Wearing a mask on Halloween, Carol Heye of Riverview, Florida, shows her support for Mitt Romney as he campaigns in Tampa, Florida, October 31, 2012.
    • Supporters listen to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a rally at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, Ohio, October 28, 2012.
    • Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally at the Municipal Auditorium in Sarasota, Florida, October 31, 2012.
    • An Obama supporter casts his ballot early at an outdoor ballot box in Denver, Colorado October 30, 2012.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
    X
    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensions

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
    Video

    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
    Video

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
    Video

    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
    Video

    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
    Video

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
    Video

    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
    Video

    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora