Location, location, location
June 8th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Location, location, location

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama heads to the battleground state of Virginia Wednesday for the second time since he announced his re-election bid on April 4.

The president's scheduled to give an address on the economy and jobs at an event at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Obama held a town hall in nearby Annandale, Virginia in April.

In 2008, then Sen. Obama became the first Democrat to win Virginia in a presidential election since 1964. But since his victory, the tide appears to have turned. The GOP won back the state's governor's office in 2009 and won back three Democratic held House seats in last year's midterm elections. Besides the presidential contest, Democrats will try to hold onto an open Senate seat next year.

As Obama visits northern Virginia, the Republican National Committee is pushing the argument that Virginia, along with a bunch of other battleground states, have moved away from the president and his party since 2008.

A memo from RNC political director Rick Wiley, which was obtained by CNN, points out that Virginia, as well as Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, are nine states that Obama captured in 2008 that President George W. Bush won four years earlier.

"His path to re-election must go back through those states, but his prospects there are far from certain. In only two and a half years, his position in those states, and in many others, has deteriorated dramatically, and Republican strength is in plain view," writes Wiley.

Those states "saw one US Senate seat, four Governorships, seven State Legislative chambers and 19 US House seats move from the Democrat to the Republican column during Barack Obama's term in office, with none of the aforementioned moving in the opposite direction," adds Wiley.

"Voters in these states and others will have a chance to compare the President's record – 15 straight months of private sector job growth, turning the American automobile industry around and putting our economy on the road to recovery – and the priorities of the Republican Party which boil down to wanting to end Medicare so they can provide tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires," responded Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse, in a statement to CNN. "Faced with that, we're confident which choice voters will make."

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. gt

    i do not see the president winning virginia ,florida ,north carolina or indiana next time around unless the economy turns ....the other states will be to close to call ...

    June 8, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. XWngLady

    Thankfully Governor "Confederate Appreciation Day" McDonnell and his Attorney General "coo-coo" Cuccinelli have shown the state of VA the cracks of their behinds and Virginians are already fed up with it....Obama, Tim Kaine and the Democrats are in a good position to win VA (although likely by a slim margin). If the Dems didn't think it were possible, they wouldn't bother spending the time or the resources that they are spending now in the state.....Obama/Biden/Kaine 2012

    June 8, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Another state where Republicans have grossly overplayed their hands, and apparently too blinded by their own self-aggrandizement to see it.

    June 8, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. BinFL

    The people in the states that have Repub governors have woken up. Here in Florida, Rick Scott's approval rating is below 29%! I'm sure in Wisonsin & other red states the majority of people feel the same since all these governors are attacking woman, public workers, unions, etc and "staying out of our lives" by pushing through anti-abortion laws, anti-Medicare measures, etc. We have seen the light and it isn't pretty for the Repub/Tea Party.

    June 8, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    He's going to talk about jobs and the economy??? Hasn't he been doing that for 3 years now? Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk...... Oh yeah, then he and the Democrats do their usual insanity and make things 10 times worse. And then they talk, and talk and talk some more. Meanwhile the Titanic continues to take on water.... Not sure we can make it to 2012 at this rate.

    June 8, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. kat

    Ever noticed how often BHO campaigns on College and University campuses? Wake up young people, he's spending your future. You helped elect him in 2008, based on his lies and promises of hope and change, How's that hope and change working out for you now. He's NOT a rock star, he's a clown.

    June 8, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Kyle

    He is already campaigning? Shouldn't he be governing or something? There should be a law against wasting time campaigning instead of doing the job we elect and pay the president for. He is another empty suit

    June 8, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |