President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney delivered dueling speeches in Virginia on Friday, with the president attacking his rival on women’s health issues and the GOP nominee focusing on energy policy.
Obama used his appearance at George Mason University in Fairfax to hail the news that the economy added 114,000 jobs in September and the jobless rate had fallen to 7.8 percent, the lowest since the president took office.
And as he did Thursday on the campaign trail, Obama again mocked Romney’s comment, during their debate Wednesday in Denver, that he would eliminate federal funding to PBS even though he likes Big Bird, as a way to help curb the deficit.
“Governor Romney plans to let Wall Street run wild again, but he’s going to bring down the hammer on ‘Sesame Street,’” Obama joked. “It makes perfect sense.”
Romney swooped into Southwest Virginia’s coal country to rail against Obama’s energy policies, saying the White House has stood in the way of coal development. After meeting privately with miners who were recently laid off, Romney told more than 3,000 supporters in Abingdon, Va., that the country could create up to 4 million jobs if it gets serious about developing energy.