2012 ELECTION

Obama rallies crowd at Centreville high school

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President Obama wrapped up two days of campaigning in Virginia in Fairfax County with a rally at a local high school.

President Obama campaigns in Virginia

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President Obama campaigns in Virginia

Obama spoke at 4 p.m. Saturday at Centreville High school. The campaign passed out tickets earlier this week.

Obama supporter Denise Dixon and Romney supporter John Fisher were among the hundreds who lined up outside the high school.

"He's done a great job and will continue that for the next four years," said   Dixon.

"I think his economic policies have just destroyed the country," Fisher countered. "If he's not stopped in this election, it'll be too late.

Inside, President Obama told the audience of about 2,100 people that he is running again to support the middle class.

"I believe when hard working Americans are doing well, everybody does well," Mr. Obama said.

But, the president also took some jabs at Mitt Romney, saying,"My opponent in his private business was investing in companies the Washington Post calls pioneers of outsourcing...I believe in in-sourcing... I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas."

Obama's visit took place just as his campaign launched a new attack ad assailing Romney's role at Bain Capital in the 1990s. Romney, who says he left the company in 1999 to run the Olympics, is demanding an apology.

"He's sure as heck ought to say he's sorry for the kinds of attacks that are coming from his team," Romney said. "They said their campaign would be based on a strategy of trying to quote 'kill Romney', end of quote, and that's what they're trying to do."

Still, public records list Romney as Bain's chairman and CEO nearly three years after he left.

"It's a murky, murky thing. There's a lot of information that's been hidden, I feel," added Obama supporter Joellen Keating.

Not surprisingly, Obama and Romney supporters disagree on this point.

"It's not about Bain Capital, it's about jobs. It's about 8.2 percent unemployment," said Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, a Republican. .

But in an exclusive interview with ABC7 News, the president called Romney's record at Bain a legitimate campaign issue.

"I think most Americans figure if you're the chairman, CEO and president of a company, that you are responsible for what a company does," he said.

The president campaigned on Friday in Roanoke and Hampton Roads, touting his proposal to end the Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

In northern Virginia, Republican Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County's Board of Supervisors, responded that Virginia's economy is thriving in spite of Obama's policies, not because of them.

Obama won Virginia four years ago, the first Democrat to do so since 1964. Both parties see Virginia as a swing state; as a result Virginia trails only Ohio and Florida in campaign ad spending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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