July 14th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
GLEN ALLEN, Virginia (CNN) –President Obama spent a second day in a row traveling across the commonwealth of Virginia, trying to reach voters in the key battleground state.
The president continued his campaign message about the differences in economic policies between Mitt Romney and himself.
"We can't afford to go back to top-down economics. We need somebody who believes in a middle-out economics, a bottom-up economics, somebody who will fight for you and working people all across Virginia and all across America," Mr. Obama told the crowd of 900 at the historic Walkerton Tavern in the Richmond suburb of Glen Allen.
According to the Obama campaign, 129,700 jobs have been created in Virginia since March 2010 with 17,200 of those jobs in the greater Richmond region. Virginia's unemployment rate is down to 5.6%, the ninth lowest in the country and significantly lower than the national unemployment rate of 8.2%.
But Virginia still plays a major role in both parties' campaign strategy. Obama won Virginia by 6% points in 2008 but Sen. John McCain won most of the non-urban areas across the state.
On Friday, the president made three stops across Virginia, including an evening event in downtown Roanoke in southwest Virginia. He told the 3,000 supporters there that pundits questioned his strategy of visiting the state in 2008 but this election would not be different.
"We've been counted out before. The pundits, they didn’t think I could win Virginia the last time. The last time I came to this part of Virginia, all the political writers, they're all like, well, he's not serious, he's just making a tactical move. No, I'm serious - I'm going to get some votes down here," he said.
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