Today President Obama is embarking on a campaign tour of Virginia. His campaign says he will tout his plan to hike taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year, which the President says will help spur growth in the middle class.
The tour kicks off at a high school in Virginia Beach. Republican Rep. Scott Rigell, who represents that District, says instead of tax policy, he wishes the President would tell the students why his administration has a moratorium in place on coastal drilling in the state.
"He's visiting Green Run High School, and I don't think he has a good answer to those young people as to why in a few years, when they might be coming out of college or going down a career path, those 18,000 jobs aren't going to be there, specifically and irrefutably because of this policy the president has on energy," says Rigell.
In 2008 then Sen. Obama won Virginia, but this year it's anything but a given. With the strong Tea Party showing in the state in 20-10, it's anticipated to be one of the closest contests in the nation. And Rigell, who's defending his swing district for the first time, says he's not worried the President is coming to stump in his backyard.
"What his visit does for us in Virginia, is it allows us to it gives us a great platform to make the contrast between the President's positions and where he's headed, and where we want to go."
Obama will also be making campaign stops in Hampton in the late afternoon and Roanoke in the evening.