President Barack Obama officially kicked off his campaign for reelection Saturday, bringing his message of a strong middle class and equal opportunity for all to two battleground states.
The President first stop Saturday is the Value City Arena-Schottstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. From there, the President and First Lady will fly to the Verizon Wireless Arena-Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond for a second campaign event.
In Ohio and Virginia, Obama is expected to highlight his achievements in office, from passing the controversial health care law to repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and giving the go-ahead to take out Osama bin Laden, while also admitting there is more to be done.
In a 7-minute campaign video released this week, the President unveiled his 2012 campaign slogan "Forward," aimed at taking stock of past successes while looking ahead to remaining challenges.
"Some said America's best days were behind us," the video's voiceover said, showing pictures of Tea Party protesters calling for the shuttering of the federal government. "But like America, [President Obama] dug deep, fought back and never lost faith in our ability to meet the challenge."
The President is also expected to blast Republicans for obstructionist moves in Congress and for recent economic policies, two themes heavily cited in the video.
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign criticized the President in a campaign email sent Saturday, saying Obama didn't keep promises made to Ohioans from 2008.
"When President Obama kicks off his campaign today in Columbus, he still needs to answer for the promises he made to Ohioans nearly four years ago. From skyrocketing gas prices to increasing insurance premiums, President Obama's economic policies have failed Ohio families and demonstrated that this President does not have what it takes to get our economy moving again," Romney Campaign Spokesman Ryan Williams said in the email.
The GOP presumptive nominee also traveled to Ohio and Virginia this week, making additional stops in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. A recent Washington Post poll shows the President with a comfortable lead in Virginia while a Quinnipac poll released Thursday shows Romney and the President neck and neck in Ohio.
by RTT Staff Writer
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