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President Barack Obama makes campaign stop in Woodbridge, Va.

5:47 PM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) - Three helicopters pierced the blue sky as thousands cheered the arrival of President Obama to Woodbridge.

"Four years ago, you elected Barack Obama. Are you ready to do it again?"  shouted Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) as he warmed up the crowd, about 6000 Democrats who received tickets to see the President in person.

The president started with a nod to the venue, the Potomac National Baseball Stadium, and the team they're named after. "I want to congratulate the Washington Nationals for bringing baseball back to D.C."

Then the candidate got down to business blasting opponent Governor Mitt Romney again for that secretly taped remark about 47% of the population being dependent on government.
"I don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as though they are victims.
"I don't see a lot of victims in this crowd today. I see hardworking Virginians."
The crowd booed at mention of Mr. Romney.


Once again, Mr. Obama mocked tax cuts for the wealthy as having a miraculous impact on the economy. "Jobs and prosperity will rain down from the sky. We will all live happily ever after," Obama said.

Obama defended his statement that he made in an interview yesterday, that "you can't change Washington from inside."

Today, he said he was talking about the voters who elected the lawmakers who made changes. He mocked Romney's criticism of that statement.

"What kind of inside job is he talking about? Getting outsourcers to write our tax code?" the president said.

Mr. Obama also talked about the benefits of The Affordable Care Act. He said repeal would mean billions of new profits for insurance companies. "No American should ever spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies."

He said, "We have to keep the promise on Social Security by reforming it and not handing it over the Wall St.," and said that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan had written a bill previously to do just that.

Observers said they were pleased to hear more details in Mr. Obama's speech than what they've heard previously.

Greg Ward thought Obama's speech was more detailed and inspiring than the one he gave at the Democratic National Convention. He felt the president has successfully adopted some of President Bill Clinton's speech techniques.

The Republican response to President Obama's Woodbridge speech, from Curt Cashour, the Virginia Communications Director, Romney for President:

"President Obama's speech today was notable for what he didn't say: that the devastating defense cuts threatening more than 136,000 jobs in Northern Virginia and across the Commonwealth were his administration's idea, and that he personally told congressional Democrats to focus on his reelection instead of averting the cuts. What he did say today, is that 'we want change in Washington,' and the people of Virginia agree. President Obama's reckless policies are jeopardizing economic growth and blocking job creation throughout Virginia. Mitt Romney will change Washington, and he'll reverse President Obama's job-killing defense cuts, stop the war on coal and end the president's ban on offshore drilling in Virginia, creating 340,000 Virginia jobs and a better future for all Americans."

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