President Obama vows to win the election in Virginia
'We're going to put this country on the right track,' Obama says
In his latest round of re-election politicking, President Obama vowed to the voters of Virginia that not only was he going to win Virginia in the upcoming election -- but that he was going to win the election entirely. Drenched during a sudden downpour in Glen Allen, Virginia, Obama expressed confidence as he addressed a crowd packed with African-American supporters in an area widely perceived as conservative.
Drenched during a sudden downpour in Glen Allen, Virginia, President Obama expressed confidence as he addressed a crowd packed with African-American supporters in an area widely perceived as being conservative.
The speech was Obama's fourth campaign stop during a two-day swing through Virginia, a crucial battleground state that Obama won in 2008 by 6 points over John McCain.
The Virginia media placed Obama's new ad in heavy rotation, portraying Mitt Romney as "the problem," not the solution. The ad pointed out his previous role as a venture capitalist that sent jobs overseas and a multi-millionaire establishing accounts off-shore to avoid paying taxes.
The ad make the case against Romney while he sings "America the Beautiful"-off-key-in the background.
Obama has battered Romney all week, as pressure is mounting on Romney to release his tax records. All Romney has released so far are his taxes for 2010 and estimated taxes for 2011.
Romney's records in the early 2000s that will prove to be more potentially damaging, as they cover details of his finances during and immediately after he stepped down from Bain Capital and put his accounts into a blind trust, which means he was no longer aware of how it was being managed.
In the process of creating blind trusts, Romney didn't think it would be a problem for him to have offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland, all notorious tax havens for the international super-rich.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, one of the most conservative governors in the country, called on Romney to release all the documents requested of him.
At the National Governors Association meeting in Williamsburg, Bentley said, "If you have things to hide, then maybe you're doing things wrong . I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people."
Obama, in his speech in Virginia made a reference to slavery, which drew cheers from the overwhelmingly black crowd.
"That's the promise that our parents and our grandparents and our great-grandparents made to future generations," Obama said after describing his version of the middle-class ethos. "You know, some of 'em came here as immigrants. Some came here, not wanting to come."
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