The president last campaigned for Deeds in August.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will campaign for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia next week, the campaign announced Wednesday, finalizing details of the much-anticipated presidential appearance.
The location of the event in southeast Virginia, a heavily African-American part of the state, signals that Deeds advisers hope the president can boost turnout among supporters who rallied to his side in 2008 but have been largely disinterested in the governor's race so far.
The rally will take place on Tuesday at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, the second largest city in the commonwealth and home to the world's largest naval station. Almost half of Norfolk's residents are African-American; Obama trounced John McCain by a 71-28 margin there last November. During the Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this year, all three of the men seeking their party's nomination targeted black voters with radio ads and endorsement from key leaders in the community.
But Norfolk in just one of several population centers in Hampton Roads, a broad swath of cities and counties in southeastern Virginia where military voters are also a key part of the electorate. Over the weekend, Republican candidate Bob McDonnell held a veterans rally in nearby Virginia Beach with McCain.
The president first campaigned for Deeds in August in northern Virginia.
When is Obumbles going to take action on sending or withdrawing troops?
Have a nice day!
This is very important stuff. Get ready for all the repubs jumping all over Barack spending time here instead of on what they want him to.
Great, now Rio is going to win.
well you want a change well you got it it took bush 8 years to be bad obama 8 month. watch out for the loss of right guns, speech, free press and we will not be safe in our homes.
So much for changing the tone of politics.
Obama supporting Deeds and Corzine is supporting two men who have run heavily negative campaigns, especially Corzine who even democrats admit is running one of the most negative and nasty campaigns ever.
Obams is all talk.
Once again, this is what happens when corruption breeds, Put 2 ounces of corruption in a petry dish–within 6 hours, you'll get a stump speech. If you throw corruption in a landfill and wait a week, you'll get another Chicago politician.
I'll be at ODU.
Campaigning again....so what's new. That's all he does anymore because that's all he's able to do. Obama certainly should be the poster guy for....... in way over his head.
Well being that Obama's poll numbers are going down I do not think it will help Deeds much.
Do us all a favor and just stay in virginia Obozo!
I think Creigh Deeds is deep trouble and has been trying to pull in the big names Obama and Clinton to save his campaign. He caught up, passed, and started to trail again. His biggest mistake was using Attack Ads in Northern Virginia, it made him look spiteful and angry and a lot of my independant friends are going to vote for Bob McDonnell. Honestly, I am torn, I am a Blue Dog Democrat and I am not a fan of Deeds at all. But what are my choices?
Do us all a favor and stay in virginia Obozo!
Be careful of what you wish for Deeds. The Chosen One has lost his angel wings.
How is it possible that Virginians are this close to electing another Republican? Republicans don't care about anything but power. They aren't interested in doing anything to improve democracy or quality of life. They just want to impeach Obama, kick Harry Reid out of office, start a smear campaign against poor people, protect Halliburton from rape lawsuits, etc. What good have they done for the People? So they cut our taxes. So what? The end result is that I can't go to the DMV on my one day off because it's closed. Republicans suck.
I'm guessing when McDonnell beats Deeds in Virginia and Christy beats Corzine in New Jersey, Obama will come down hard on any media outlet that talks about the Republican wins other than to just state who won. Any opinions that the Republican wins might have to do with a Republican comeback fueled by a rejection of Obama's agenda would be cast by Obama and the Whitehouse as not really news and the type of extreme opinions based on lies that you would expect from the likes of Fox News.
Can anyone get this campaigner-in-chief (bloviator-in-chief) to work?
You have to "finalize the details" concerning a ten-minute tele-prompter reading session? Wow, how much OCD does the narcissist have?
It's that season and the news people are delighted.
As the different groups select their govenor I sincerely hope whatever candidate truly represent the people best interest and not their own political gain.
This means conducting business that will have positive impact for both parties provided one group isn't saying no all the time while another one is ignoring valid input.
I am not familiar with the local needs of Virginia, but if it is anything like the rest of the country I got to ask, are the Republicans just saying "no" in that state as well.
If so, all that is going to do is get the state a person that will take Federal money publically resisting and quietly but locally promoting optimism for current needs with the funds.
And this case why even vote Republican if they can be consistent, of the money is needed this shouldn't have a party stance of "no".
Sorry, Obama and Deeds, but many of the people who supported you last year have puked up all that Kool-aid and won't be there this time.
Too bad obama doesn't show has much support for our troops in Afghanistan as he does for supporting his fellow democrats. It's been how long since the request for reinforcements been made to him?
yeah, but how did he do amongst REAL Virginians? You know, the ones who are Republicans and white. That's what I thought you girlie Libs. Jay T.=1 point, girlie Libs=zero points.
It is easier and quicker for the president to give his time and effort to campaigns than deal with real issue for our American soldiers that are in Afghanistan. Since August when Obama's office received the request for increase troops and since he sits in office, he has no clear direction, focus and attention on pressing matters that deals with American soldiers sacrifices and lives. Come on, act like a real President - not a partisan campaign rock star.
Im sitting in a class at ODU right now and I disagree with your assumption that this area is a hub of support for Obama.