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Obama holds health-care pep rally in Fairfax

Thousands of people rallied loudly for passage of health-care legislation in Northern Virginia today as President Obama tried one final time to demonstrate public support for the health-care bill that is moving toward a Sunday afternoon vote in Congress.

In an old-fashioned pep rally that consciously recalled the final days of Obama's presidential campaign, a crowd of mostly students packed the Patriot Center at George Mason University to hear the president deliver a feisty closing argument for what he called a "fateful debate" that has been raging for a century.

Here's the full story by Michael D. Shear and William Branigin.

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 19, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Fairfax County  
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