HAMPTON, Va. — President Obama began a two-day swing through Virginia Friday with stops across this geographically diverse state that charted the same course to victory he plotted in this state in 2008: through military installations, minority-heavy communities and the smaller Democratic enclaves of the rural west.
Obama’s movements were tracked closely by the campaign of his opponent, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, — a testament to how intensely the two candidates plan to contest Virginia this year. Romney’s campaign bus circled Obama’s events on Friday, and Republican governors meeting in Williamsburg held a news conference to draw attention from the president’s barnstorming tour. Although Obama won Virginia with a six-point margin in 2008, his fortunes this year are less certain.
Obama’s speeches were rich with references to what he’s done to try to turn around the economy and how his policies have helped service members, veterans and their families.