Obama And Romney Focus On Virginia | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Obama And Romney Focus On Virginia

Play associated audio
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talks after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talks after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver.

While both presidential candidates took advantage of their trip to Colorado to court voters in western states, they also never took their eyes off independent voters in Virginia. That might be most evident in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's comments on U.S. energy policy.

"By the way, I like coal. I'm going to make sure we continue to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies," said Romney during the Wednesday night's debate.

Romney will be bringing that message to Virginia's western coal fields at the end of this week. While he makes his pitch there, Obama will continue his effort to energize college students that proved a crucial voting block in his 2008 victory.

To wrap up the week, Obama will be speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, where he'll likely tout the reforms to student loans he brought up in the debate.

"What we've been able to do is provide millions more students assistance," said Obama. "Lower, or keep low, interest rates on student loans. And this is an example of where our priorities make a difference."

As the race heats up one thing is clear: neither campaign is taking Virginia voters for granted.

NPR

Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.
NPR

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.
NPR

With Biden By His Side, Minnesota Democrat Mines For Blue-Collar Vote

Embattled Democrat Rep. Rick Nolan, who represents Minnesota's Iron Range, gets a campaign visit from the administration's blue-collar vote whisperer, Joe Biden.
NPR

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.