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A downpour showered President Barack Obama Saturday at his outdoor campaign event in Glen Allen where he told a wet but excited crowd of 900 people that his purpose is to "rebuild our economy so that it lasts."
"That's our central purpose," Obama said. "That's what this campaign is about. That's what I've been working on for the last three and one-half years. That's why I'm running for a second term as president of the United States."
In the final hours of his two-day, five stop campaign blitz through the Old Dominion, Obama delivered essentially the same stump speech at the historic Walkerton Tavern and Gardens that he delivered Friday in Hampton and Virginia Beach, where he focused on strengthening the middle class。
Obama said the "top-down" economic policies put forward by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are the same ones that created THE current economic crisis, which led to Obama taking office during the worst recession since the Great Depression。
"We did this and it didn't work," Obama said. "We can't afford to go back to the top-down economics. We need somebody who believes in middle-out economics, a bottom-up economics.... When working people do well, everybody does well. That means businesses have more customers."
U.S. Rep. Robert C."Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, whose district includes parts of Richmond, took to the stage before the president arrived at the event to tell the crowd that Virginia must go for Obama like it did in 2008 to keep the president in the White House。
Virginia is seen as a key swing state that must be carried by either candidate to ensure an election victory.In 2008, Obama became the first Democrat to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.