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Obama Campaign Opens Reston Office

President's reelection campaign opens six new Virginia offices Saturday in effort to organize volunteers in battleground state.

There was birthday cake to celebrate President Barack Obama's 51st birthday. But more importantly, there were sign-up sheets, neighborhood team leaders, volunteers and precinct maps at the opening of Obama For America's Reston office on Saturday.

The office, located at 1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 200, will be the nerve center for campaign operations in Reston and Herndon as the 2012 Presidential election approaches on Nov. 6.

That is just 92 days away, Obama staffers and volunteers pointed out.

"We have a lot of Democratic support here in Virginia," said Kathy Fredgren, the volunteer neighborhood team leader for Hunters Woods/Glade precincts. "But only 40 to 50 percent of people eligible actually vote. We need people here in our neighborhoods to know that every vote matters."

Among the local Democratic names in attendance - Virginia Attorney General candidate and State Sen. Mark Herring (VA-33rd), Del. Ken Plum (Reston), Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) and Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.

The Reston office was one of six campaign offices in Virginia that opened on Saturday.

Herring reminded the standing-room only crowd that Northern Virginia voters helped deliver Virginia for Obama in 2008.

"It wasn't that long ago that Republican candidates assumed they would win in Virginia," said Herring. "We are now a battleground state. I am so proud of Virginia. With this kind of energy, we will keep Virginia in the President's column."

Connolly, who is seeking re-election to the House of Representatives in November, called Northern Virginia "the epicenter" of the presidential election.

"We are poised for another victory," he said. "But that doesn't happen by wishing. It happens by making phone calls, show leather, bumper stickers. It is going to be a hard-fought campaign. This country is divided. Barack Obama has worked hard to turn this country around - he inherited the [Bush administration's] mess."

The office will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Barbara Glakas August 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
....Continued... The continued extension of the Bush tax cuts – which even Bush intended to be temporary, and which we probably couldn’t even afford then – continue wreak havoc on the deficits. Obama’s plan decreases the deficit more than Romney’s plan does. Obama also understands that we cannot fix the economy without fixing health care. We have too many uninsured Americans which is causing all of our rates to go up. The sooner we get everyone insured, the sooner health insurance rates will drop (not to mention increase of preventive care, which would prevent having to spend unnecessary money treating preventable illnesses). Obama has been very bold. He also has gotten us out of wars, which are also very costly. I am behind him and it doesn’t matter to me what color he is.
Don Joy August 09, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Barbara, who said anything about Obama's color? The earlier discussion about "redlining" pertains to race. Our country enjoyed full employment for almost the entire 8 years Bush was in office. Things started to go sideways as soon as the democrats seized control of both houses of congress in 2006. But the real underlying causes of the financial/fiscal collapse, I already went over. Existing tax rates really have little or nothing to do with our current and future malaise. The problem is SPENDING, spending and ever-increasing centralization of control/regulation/strangulation of industry at the hands of statist bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.. I'm not going to convince you of the failures of socialist slavery; there are none so blind as those who will not see. Enjoy your folly while you may.
Barbara Glakas August 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Don, Some of your previous quotes: - "Redlining" is simply prudent financial practice--the only way to get mortgage lenders to do business in the ghetto, where they are basically throwing good money down the drain… - Individual ghetto borrowers… - …all the race-hustlers like Obama and Jesse Jackson… - …he could boast of the highest black and hispanic home ownership rates in history… - …Do you think whites have a moral obligation to not engage in "white flight"? Thus, my comment about not caring about color.
Don Joy August 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Right, but you implied that I had said something regarding the relevance of Obama's "color" as president--but all I'd said regarding race was in reference to the race-hustling tactics of those shaking down the banks, and in the context of political pandering, housing markets, choice, etc. The fact that you express such vehement opposition to "redlining" means you do care about that aspect of the real estate equation...
Don Joy August 10, 2012 at 02:50 AM
For the record, I only care about a candidate's race when they exploit it.

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