Campaign stays mum on Obama’s debate prep
President Obama speaks on the phone to a volunteer during an unannounced visit to a campaign office in Williamsburg, Virginia. Obama took time out from debate preparation at a nearby resort to stop and greet staff and volunteers at the office.
October 15th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Campaign stays mum on Obama’s debate prep

Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) – When it comes to President Obama’s debate preparations at an idyllic Virginia resort, mum’s the word.

The Obama campaign is going to great lengths to keep details of the president’s activities over the last three days under wraps, refusing to reveal nearly any specifics about how he and his top advisors are preparing for the crucial second debate with rival Mitt Romney Tuesday night.

Briefing the two-dozen reporters who followed the president to the picturesque Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, Monday morning, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki again and again dodged questions about just how the president is preparing, saying only that he is both “calm and energized.”

Moreover, the campaign has sequestered the pool of reporters tasked with following the president in a separate building entirely from that in which the president’s preparations are taking place, ensuring cameras will not capture the president and his top advisors at work.

The few details we do know: Sen. John Kerry has reprised his roll as Romney in debate practice while Anita Dunn, the president’s chief message officer during the first two years of his term, has been recruited to stand in for debate moderator and CNN anchor Candy Crowley.

Moreover, the president - who during preparations for the last debate told reporters he found the practices to be a “drag” – is taking time off periodically and is “enjoying the grounds, walking around and taking in the beautiful atmosphere we have here,” Psaki said.

But questions the campaign refused to answer ranged from how the preparations are different for a town-hall style format to whether the campaign is videotaping the practices so the president can see his reaction expressions.

“I know you are not going to want to answer this…” one reporter prefaced his question after Psaki had fended off a string of previous debate inquiries.

“You are right, I am not going to answer that,” Psaki replied.

POTUS's day 3 of debate prep: 10/15/12
October 15th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

POTUS's day 3 of debate prep: 10/15/12

Good morning! The president continues his debate prep in Williamsburg, Virginia for tomorrow night's debate. Yesterday, he made an outing to deliver pizzas to a local campaign office. He has nothing on his schedule today except to receive the presidential daily briefing. But we won't be shocked if he makes a trip outside Kingsmill, the resort he is staying at to prepare for the second presidential debate.


Topics: 2012 Election • Debate prep • Virginia
Energized Obama touts new jobs report in Virginia, Ohio
President Obama greets well-wishers upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.
October 5th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Energized Obama touts new jobs report in Virginia, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) – Appearing newly energized amid the release of a better-than-expected jobs report, President Obama touched down in rain-soaked Cleveland, Ohio Monday and warned that a President Romney would bring the country’s economic recovery to a halt.

“This morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office,” the president told a crowd that local officials say numbered 9,000. “More Americans entered the workforce. More people are getting jobs.”

The stop was the second of the president’s day. Earlier Friday, he rallied 2,000 supporters in Northern Virginia, delivering substantially the same remarks as those in Cleveland.
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Topics: 2012 Election • jobs • Ohio • President Obama • Virginia
Obama heads to Virginia campaign event
September 27th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Obama heads to Virginia campaign event

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews / South Lawn/ Open Press
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
11:05AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Virginia Beach, VA/Naval Air Station Oceana/ Open Press FULL POST


Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama • Virginia
POTUS day ahead: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
September 4th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

POTUS day ahead: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. Later in the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Norfolk, Virginia. While in Norfolk, the President will deliver remarks at a campaign event at Norfolk State University. In the afternoon, the President will depart Norfolk, Virginia en route Washington, DC.

Click here for the full schedule. FULL POST

Obama continues to woo Virginia voters
July 14th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Obama continues to woo Virginia voters

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%. FULL POST


Topics: 2012 Election • Virginia
May 3rd, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Obama campaign: Romney, McDonnell and women voters

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(CNN) - The Obama campaign renewed its focus on women voters Thursday with a stepped up attack on Mitt Romney.

A data-filled memo alleges the budget cuts, tax reform and social policy Mitt Romney supports will disproportionately hurt middle- and low-income women.

Along with the memo, the campaign links to a web tool called "The Life of Julia," which follows the character from the age 3 to 67, suggesting how one such woman would be impacted by the policies of the two Presidential candidates.

For example, under President Obama, Julia at age 23 can fight for a right to equal pay, because he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, according to the web tool. But Julia doesn't know her fate under a President Romney because he hasn't said whether he would have signed the Lily Ledbetter Act. (read more at CNN Politics)


Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia • Women
Obama talks jobs in southern Virginia
President Obama speaks after touring the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe plant in Prince George County, Virginia.
March 9th, 2012
02:57 PM ET

Obama talks jobs in southern Virginia

At the Rolls Royce jet engine facility in Prince George, VA on Friday, President Obama announced a new proposal to create a National Manufacturing Innovation Network meant to link industry stakeholders in a national conversation about best manufacturing practices. The cost of the president's new proposal is $1 billion, but the White House is committed to creating a pilot program using appropriated funds from various departments rather than waiting for Congress to approve funds requested in the president’s budget.

"Think of this as a place where companies can share access to cutting edge capabilities," Obama told a crowd of nearly 1,500 about the proposed manufacturing institute. "At the same time students and workers are picking up new skills. They're training on state of the art equipment. They're solving some of the most important challenges facing our manufacturers. You've just got all this brain power and skill and experience coming together in this hub."

According to the White House, the location of the proposed pilot program will be decided based on a competitive process and will cost $45 million. Funding will come primarily from the Departments of Defense, Energy and Commerce with some additional money provided by the National Science Foundation.

Obama's visit came on the same day the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced overall job creation for the month of February had exceeded analysts' expectations. The manufacturing sector alone added 31,000 jobs in February, a feat Obama lauded.
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Topics: Economy • jobs • President Obama • The News • Virginia
Obama Bus Tour: North Chesterfield, VA
October 19th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Obama Bus Tour: North Chesterfield, VA

President Obama ended his bus tour at Fire Station #9 in North Chesterfield, Virginia where he talked about his keeping firefighters on the job.

"So the first vote we're going to ask Congress to take this week would put hundreds of thousands of firefighters back on the job, police officers back on the street, teachers back in the classroom. 

Now, Chesterfield has been lucky.  It isn't facing layoffs right now.  But a lot of these guys have seen their pay frozen.  You've got cities and states like Michigan and New Jersey that have had to lay off big chunks of their forces.  That means that firefighters can't always get to fires before they become major fires.  And that makes their job more dangerous.  It means police officers can't respond to every crime.  And when giving our children the best education possible we know is the ingredient for success in this new information and technology-rich economy, how can we be laying off teachers - when other countries are hiring teachers in droves?  It's unfair to our kids.  It undermines our future.

So this week Congress is going to get to vote on whether or not hundreds of thousands of police officers and teachers and firefighters get back on the job.  And I don't know if these members of Congress - maybe they haven't met some of these firefighters.  I don't think they want to tell them that their jobs aren’t worth saving.  Some of these guys are pretty big.  Captain Kemp is an ex-Marine - which means he's still a Marine.  And these guys are risking their lives every day on our behalf.  These jobs are worth fighting for. 

Folks in Congress are also going to get a chance to decide  - later in the month - whether our construction workers should sit around doing nothing while China builds the best railroads, the best schools, the best airports in the world."


Topics: Bus Tour • President Obama • The Visuals • Virginia
Obama Bus Tour: Joint Base Langley-Eustis
October 19th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Obama Bus Tour: Joint Base Langley-Eustis

President Obama delivered remarks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, VA calling on Congress to pass key provisions of the American Jobs Act that support veterans, particularly the Returning Heroes Tax Credit.  The First Lady joined him at the event to announce a major Joining Forces private sector commitment from the American Logistics Association to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses.  This commitment will fulfill a quarter of the President’s challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.


Topics: Bus Tour • President Obama • The Visuals • Virginia