Carolyn Word signs up volunteers.
Roanoke Obama supporters opened a campaign office at 109 Norfolk Avenue Sunday. Virginia Senator John Edwards spoke to over 150 supporters and volunteers chanting they were “fired up and ready to go.”
The expansion of offices in Virginia sets the stage for a full-court press by both the Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan to claim the Commonwealth’s 13 Electoral College votes. Virginia is crucial for both parties.
The Republican ticket has their office in Roanoke County on the corner of 419 and Ogden Road. With Mitt Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan Wisconsin has swayed into the toss-up column.
Campaign offices serve as community hubs for local campaign activities, including phone banking, canvassing, and voter registration. “You have to make people understand the importance of this election,” said Sen. Edwards. “If Virginia goes for Obama he’ll win the election … we’re going to win because of the ground game.”
Sen. John Edwards excites the crowd.
Edwards blamed the cost of two wars, unregulated banks and the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy as the reason the economy was on the brink of collapse in 2008 when President Obama came into office. It would have been the same collapse as the great depression in late 1920 and early 1930s he said. He touted 4 million job increases under the Obama administration versus 700,000 monthly job loses when the Bush administration left office.
“We’d do better if the Republican Congress would work with us,” said Edwards.
The [Paul] Ryan plan will unravel the last 40 years in terms of the infrastructure of the health care system – Medicare and Medicaid. On the Affordable Healthcare Act Edwards said “there is so much misinformation out there … we’ve got to get the truth out.”
Obama isn’t getting the credit he deserves for tracking down Osama bin Laden. “They can’t touch him [Obama] on foreign policy,” said Edwards.
Alex Rudow field organizer
Amazetta Anderson holds grandson Demetri as she listens to field organizer Alex Rudow.
Alex Rudow, field organizer for Obama For America reminded the women that August 26, that very Sunday was the 92 anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. She read a note from President Obama that said in part, “We know we are better off when women are treated fairly and equally in every aspect of American life.”
Romney Campaign Spokesman, Ryan Williams said, “President Obama has added trillions to our national debt, blocked domestic energy production, and presided over the highest chronic unemployment in recorded history. He promised to change how Washington works, but he admits the nation’s capital is as broken as ever. He raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare and is proposing massive tax increases that will kill jobs and hurt our economy.”
Romney campaign spokesman Curt Cushour said, “Women have suffered disproportionately in President Obama’s economy, seeing higher unemployment and increased poverty rates.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
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