By Elliott Francis
President Obama is in Prince George’s County today, trying to ignite Democratic voter participation for the mid-term elections. Obama appeared at a campaign rally at Bowie State University for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Although the weather cooperated with mild temperatures and a steady breeze, dozens of people fell ill at the rally. Some people fainted and were taken to a temporary triage area. Two others were taken to local hospitals, treated and released.
They were among the thousands of enthusiastic supporters who filled the quadrangle at Bowie State in Bowie, Md., to hear the president make a point.
"…I hope you’re ready to fight. 'Cause there’s an election coming up that's gonna say a lot about the future," Obama said.
With little less than a month to go before the mid-term elections, Obama is sprinting through as many rallies as possible to try reduce what many observers say is a lack of initiative among Democratic voters. Some have called it an enthusiasm gap.
"What the other side is counting on...is that this time around you’re gonna stay home. They figure Obama's not on the ballot, you're not going to come out and vote. Maryland you’ve got to prove them wrong," Obama said at the Bowie rally.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Sen. Benjamin Cardin also spoke at the event.