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Obama, McCain Woo NoVa

Washington Post editors

Sen. Barack Obama outlined his plans to help struggling middle-income families and working mothers in a town hall meeting in Fairfax County this afternoon, in his second visit to the area since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
Later today, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican nominee, also plans to reach out to Northern Virginia voters.
Standing amid the bleachers at Robinson Secondary School at about 1:30 p.m., Obama (Ill.) told a packed gymnasium that as president he would seek to expand paid family and medical leave and increase spending on childcare and preschool programs.

Obama also said he supports legislation to ensure equal pay for men and women. Such changes would strengthen families and the economy, he said.
"We take it for granted that women are the backbone of our families," Obama said. "But we also want to make sure that women are the backbone of our middle class. We won't truly have an economy that puts the needs of the middle class first until we ensure that, when it come to pay and benefits at work, women are treated as the equal partners that they are."

Obama's appearance, and McCain's plans for a telephone conference with independents and moderates this evening, underscore the importance of Virginia in the fall election.

Though the state has supported the Republican nominee for president for the past four decades, Democrats are optimistic that Obama can carry it this year in part because of a demographic shift in Northern Virginia.

Hundreds lined up this morning outside Robinson Secondary in Fairfax in anticipation of hearing Obama discuss the economy, women and family. Previously, he held an event in June at Nissan Pavilion in Prince William County after becoming the presumptive nominee.

Obama has been seeking to reach out to women voters after defeating Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the primary, alienating some of her older white female supporters. But many who showed up to see Obama speak said he had little to worry about.

"See the color of my hair? See the color of my skin? See how old I am?" said Carole Richard, 76, a retired gerontologist from Fairfax. "Obama is a breath of fresh air."

Several female McCain supporters are scheduled to address journalists shortly after Obama's meeting and just hours before the candidate is scheduled to speak to Northern Virginia residents by phone in a "tele-town hall meeting."

Gail Gitcho, a McCain campaign spokeswoman, said the candidate will be fighting hard in Virginia.

"I think it's widely known that Virginia is going to be an important state for both campaigns," Gitcho said. "We're going to run like we're 10 points behind."

By Washington Post editors  |  July 10, 2008; 3:26 PM ET
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Comments

Why has the word "working" become only applicable to those in low income brackets? Others don't "work " hard?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Americans, Europeans and the World are under the impression that Rich GOP Republicans are pathological liars and thieves. And they are right. False statements, cheating and undermining Democratic values are GOP Republican tools to hurt mankind in their selfish destructive quest to own and control this beautiful world that's temporarily enjoyed by all.

GOP Republican Failures McCain-McBush must answer to the fact that a barrel of Oil was $24 when McBush took office and now a barrel of Oil is $145. GOP Republican rich Oil conspiracy has undermined the American People and Our Economy in their quest for selfish, destructive and greedy ill gotten super-capitalistic Wall Street gains.

MCCAIN-MCBUSH SEVEN YEARS AGO CHANGED A BARREL OF OIL FROM $24 INTO TODAY'S SUPER-CAPITALISTIC GREEDY OUT OF CONTROL $145.

WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SIT ON THEIR HANDS AND ALLOW MCCAIN-MCBUSH CONTINUED OUT OF CONTROL WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTIC GREED TO RAISE A BARREL OF OIL TO $200?

THE PRICE OF OIL IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. OIL SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY NATIONALIZED FOR UNITED STATES NATIONAL DEFENSE.

GOP REPUBLICAN FAILURES MCCAIN-MCBUSH WITHIN SEVEN YEARS CHANGED A $24 BARREL OF OIL INTO A $145 BARREL OF OIL.

WERE THE GOP REPUBLICAN FAILURES MCCAIN-MCBUSH SERVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR SERVING THEIR SUPER-RICH FRIENDS WHEN THEY HELP CHANGE THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL FROM $24 TO $145 IN JUST SEVEN YEARS?

IT'S TIME TO NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRIES FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.

300,000,000 Americans come first when it comes to the greatest benefits to the greatest number. When one percent of the population (super rich), owns and runs everything to the destruction of the ninety nine percent (typical Americans), then something must change. McCain-McBush represents greed and destruction that must stop.

If you love America, then you should inspire the American People to rise higher and HOPE for better days.

America is HOPEFUL and GREAT and will follow the HOPEFUL and INSPIRATIONAL message of Harvard Scholar Barack Obama.

This is the greatest presidential race in history, because Harvard Scholar Barack Obama is flying like an eagle.

GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR HOME. Harvard Scholar Barack Obama.

Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 10, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how the McCain campaign identified people to participate in the town hall? I was sort of flabbergasted when my phone rang this evening and I was connected to the call in progress?

Posted by: Elizabeth | July 10, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

America has high energy because it does not allow drilling for oil on its own territory. Bush proposed a comprehenssive
energy agenda but it was shut down by the Democrats in the Senate. If line up with
the Democrats, you stop whinning about your
uncompetitive nature and endure the pain at gas pump.

Posted by: Guy | July 10, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Admittedly I am still an undecided NoVa voter and to be honest.... So far the only thing I have seen from both are TV commercials so I will comment on them...

McCain.... IMO needs to stick to pre-canned press and media releases more often since I normally get distracted by something shiny whenever I see entire clips of his speeches. I mean the guy has a decent message some of the time but the national media never covers it... And when they have I remember saying to myself at one point... WOW he is on a role! I think he had cohesive thoughts for about a minute straight! And he made sense. Something I need to see more of.... So for now I need rely what I can find on the net and independent media...

And for the love of god... Whatever "changes" are being made in his campaign.... Do something different cuz so far it stinks.

I would write more to get it out of my system but since he is computer illiterate like the rest of our congressmen...

Barack has his team of internet myth busters scouring and attacking these sites... so hopefully they can get some of my points across to him while they fight evil... DO they sleep? I wonder?....

Obama... Well.... He does inspire me.... But lately I have been feeling like he is proselytizing rather than being presidential... Something about feeling like a 12 year old or a wayward congregation member in his "church".

Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to see him win and carry out everything for everyone, but the realist in me knows that is NEVER the case. Not because he lacks will or conviction for whatever he believes in from month to month, but because he has not been in the "system" nearly long enough to garner enough friends to actually accomplish anything. Does he think that congress will just rubberstamp everything he wants? No questions or filibustering asked? What I would give for clones of Barack to take all 100 spots in the senate, 435 spots in the house and replace every nations leader. THEN I could get into the hardliners camps....

I am still open to an Obama presidency, but recently I find myself supporting his candidacy in the face of his hardcore supporters that are unwilling to live up to some realities in life and politics. As such, they make it difficult to buy into his words when I see scenes of his supporters on TV swooning and carrying on like a revival church.

And one last thing, enough with the Barack commercials. I have gotten to the point where I cannot even just MUTE it... But I have to actually change the entire channel just to avoid it completely for the millionth time! It is doing nothing to help convince me to vote for him... In fact its making me NOT want to vote for him.... Just because he has the money doesn't mean we in NoVa are retarded like most regular Americans... And I actually take it as a bit of an insult thinking that he can take up 4 channels at a time so we cant even flip around to avoid seeing his mug every time you look up from dinner....
I guess since he is the only candidate with money to burn, the media moguls know whose teat will produce more milk for them... Thus the pandering...

/sigh

Is Ron Paul still running?

Posted by: StillUndecided | July 10, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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