Obama Makes a Push For Virginia With Another Visit

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email
With a little over two weeks until the election, Barack Obama has begun to make a push for what have been Republican strongholds, including a visit to Virginia Friday.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

October 17, 2008

The feelings were pretty much the same throughout the crowd in Roanoke Friday.

"Oh I am so excited, this is the first time I've ever been to a crowd like this," said Siclinda Canty-Elliott, who attended Friday's rally.

"This crowd is very exciting to see, this many people, this actively involved in our political process is just marvelous for a change," said Rebecca Morris, who attended the rally.

All waiting to hear from Barack Obama. Canty-Elliott, wasn't even a supporter until after the final debate this week.

'I think Obama, he talked more about his plan that he has for this country. I'm not for negative attacks on either side but I think he always stays on message," said Canty-Elliott.

Others coming Friday to be a part of what they call history.

"We felt that just being part of a historic moment was just something we thought we would like to be involved with," said Morris.

And when Obama made his way to the podium, he didn't waste time in criticizing his opponent John McCain's campaign for not concentrating on the issues.

"My opponent's campaign announced earlier this month that they want to quote turn the page on the discussion of our economy so they can spend the final weeks of this election attacking me instead," said Obama.

Hoping to finish strong in the election, continuing to try and link McCain to President Bush's policies.

"It will take new leadership in Washington, it will take a real change in the policies and politics of the last eight years and that is why I am running for president of the United States of America," said Obama.

Trying to nab the state's 13 electoral votes in Virginia, Obama has outspent John McCain in television ads and has opened 50 offices in the commonwealth.

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