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Presidential Campaigns Ramp Up Volunteer Recruiting

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Supporters look on as President Barack Obama speaks about the choice facing women in the upcoming election, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
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Supporters look on as President Barack Obama speaks about the choice facing women in the upcoming election, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

President Obama addressed supporters at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Friday. The campaign is trying to rally volunteers.

Even on a cool, damp morning, the line to get into the rally wraps for blocks on this normally quiet campus. These people are mostly the president's faithful supporters, so vendors are making a killing selling buttons and other campaign swag.

Even though this crowd represents the president's base there's still dozens of volunteers walking around with clipboards. They make it evident that the Obama Campaign is looking for more than just cheers.

The presidential contest is now in its final weeks, and that means both campaigns are ramping up their Get Out The Vote efforts. In his eighteenth political event in Virginia this year, the president also reiterates the theme: it s time to mobilize the base.

"And if you re willing to stand with me, and make some phone calls with me, and knock on some doors with me, get your friends to vote for me, we will win Fairfax County again, we ll win Virginia again, we'll finish what we started and we'll remind the world why United States of America is the greatest nation on earth," said Pres. Obama.

The Romney/Ryan ticket is also increasing its ground game in this battle ground state. Over the last two years, they've held 23 events in Virginia, and as of yesterday, volunteers knocked on their one millionth door.

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