Obama heads to GOP rally site for announcement
August 9th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Obama heads to GOP rally site for announcement

UPDATE 8:45 a.m. - President Barack Obama canceled his trip to Interstate Moving Services, according to the White House. He will instead meet with industry officials Tuesday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will head to a major moving company in the suburbs of the nation's capital Tuesday to announce new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and heavy duty vehicles.

Sounds like a typical backdrop for a president to announce new transportation standards. Or is it?

Here's the thing: The location, Interstate Moving Services in Springfield, Virginia, has become the spot where Republican candidates rally on the last weekend before elections.

In 2009 Virginia's statewide GOP candidates appeared at Interstate just days before they swept the election, including winning back the governor's office from the Democrats.

One year earlier Sen. John McCain and then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican presidential and vice presidential nominees, held a rally at Interstate the weekend before the 2008 presidential election. The GOP didn't fare as well in that contest. Republican statewide candidates also held events at the location in the days before the 2005 and 2006 elections.

A spokesperson for the company says Interstate opens its facility to both political parties, other organizations and non-profits, to hold events as a way of reaching out to the community, regardless of party affiliation.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Harry E Martin

    All the republicans are blaming obama for the down grade, when in fact it was the republicans falt mainly the tea party. Because they could not come to gether on a deal and fought like little kids in a school yard and used bulling tactics. So thank you very much republicans for destroying the country

    August 9, 2011 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  2. Sebastian

    Every gallon of oil we burn has drops of American soldiers' blood in it. Every gallon of oil we burn funnels a few pennies to terrorists. Every gallon of oil we burn makes our economy vulnerable to swings in unemployment and contracting GDP because we are at the whim of the market, geo- political and foriegn policy forces that impact Oil's availability and it's cost.

    Having America burn less oil is good for our economy, our national security, and our status as a superpower that can not be influenced / held hostage to oil.

    If the Tea Party thought it was permissable to hold the full faith & credit of the United States hostage in the debt crisis; what do you think a foreign country might try to ransom from us? Why would they not try to apply the "tea-party" tactics?

    We need to get off oil.

    August 9, 2011 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  3. Myron8160

    Hey mr prez obama remeber what mr bush told you watch your b ack when he left office the gopbaggers will smile in your all of time wow backstabing you the new KKK without the SHEETS

    August 9, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  4. matt

    ok, so they are raising taxes AND forcing major spending by companies to improve fuel economy?
    don't get me wrong fuel economy can and SHOULD be raised, but is it the right thing to do now when even the Chinese are telling us to live within our means???
    When will the Dems get the message that there is no more money?

    August 9, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    What is it going to take for this guy to get it through his head that there's a whole lot of much more important things to tend to? Your leadership skills have left much to be desired lately, Mr. President.

    August 9, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  6. Myron8160

    Be on lookout for

    August 9, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. guest666

    go away obama...just go away

    August 9, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  8. Myron8160

    Boy that that should be good rally for gopteabaggers the new kKK without the SHEEtS because i know stomfront white pride the people with the SHEETS are loving it yall the teaggers are bringing more people to ther web site then they ever had thanks to yall the new KKK without the SHEETS god help us 2012 becarful mr prez

    August 9, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  9. Joe

    More Shucking and Jiving by the Snake oil salesman Obama. Obama if your bullshit wasenergy we would have no need to use Oil!!

    August 9, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. Done With You All

    with obama in command, I suggest all Americans start stock piling Food and Ammo.

    August 9, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |