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Video: President Obama Campaigns at GMU in Fairfax, VA


Here’s some the full video from today’s Obama rally at George Mason University in Fairfax. I’ll post more video as it becomes available. Also, see the pool reports in the comments section.

  • Courtesy of Reid Epstein of Politico:

    During his remarks  at a women’s event in Virginia today, the President will remind the American people that we have come to far to turn back now to the policies that led us into this crisis in the first place.  He will talk about the fact that more Americans have entered the workforce and the unemployment rate is at its lowest  level since he took office. And he will reiterate his call that we need to do more to help our economy recover by investing in small businesses and manufacturers who create jobs here in America,  by recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers, by training more than 2 million workers at community colleges,  by cutting our oil and gas imports and creating thousands more jobs in clean energy and  by using the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to do some nation build right here at home.

    The President will also  talk about women’s issues and the stark choice the women of Virginia are facing in this election. He will lay out the choice between Mitt Romney’s plan to take us back to the 1950’s  and his own commitment to making sure women can make choices about their own healthcare, hand between Mitt Romney’s refusal to fight for equal pay for equal work and his own commitment to paycheck fairness.

    Motorcade arrived at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., at 10:55 a.m. Uneventful ride through sunny northern Virginia. We passed a handful of yard signs featuring the undecided2012.com banner, which turns out to be a nifty website for a local church.

    After a rousing event at George Mason, the motorcade is rolling to Dulles airport at 11:54 a.m.


    Richmond, VA – Today at a rally with President Barack Obama at George Mason University in Fairfax, Tim Kaine gave a forceful defense of policies that increase access to health care and economic opportunity for Virginia women. At the event, Kaine recalled that in a debate in Northern Virginia, his opponent George Allen was asked about women’s issues and dismissed them as just social issues.

    “I gotta tell you as a husband and father, I know that what we’re referring to aren’t just ‘women’s issues’ or ‘social issues,’ they’re family issues and they’re economic issues,” said Kaine at the rally. “Legislation ensuring equal pay for equal work, the first piece of legislation this president signed-that’s a family issue, I support this legislation and my opponent doesn’t. Family and Medical Leave Act-that’s a family and economic issue. I support it, my opponent called it burdensome and counterproductive.”

    George Allen voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act multiple times in Congress and throughout the course of this campaign has refused to support equal pay measures like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Kaine also highlighted the importance of access to preventive health care for women and affirmed his strong support of free preventive care in insurance plans that includes contraception and cancer screenings. George Allen has vocally opposed the contraception mandate in insurance plans, vowed to lobby for a 34th vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act that includes guaranteed preventive coverage, supported the Blunt amendment that allows employers to deny preventive coverage to employees, and promised to introduce a federal personhood amendment that could jeopardize access to some types of FDA-approved birth control.

    “Access to preventable, to affordable health care, to FDA-approved birth control, to preventive care like cancer screenings-those are family, health, and economic issues. President Obama and I support these strongly and will fight for them. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and my opponent oppose these issues. And that’s, that’s what this choice in this election comes down to. We have a choice,” Kaine said in Fairfax. “You know, women are more than half the economy…these are not just little social issues we’re talking about. They’re not just little women’s issues we’re talking about. Women are more than half the economy. If we don’t embrace policies that empower women, we harm the economy. When we embrace and accelerate policies that enable women to succeed, we help the economy.”

  • linda b

    I see my friend Rachel behind the Prez!!

  • pontoon

    in us.  But seeing him in Charlottesville and watching this clip shows me how tired he is.