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Virginia Is Not For Obama Lovers

- March 3, 2012

Top Democrats Bracket The President’s Trip To Richmond

VIRGINIA’S TWO DEMOCRAT SENATORS QUESTION OBAMA’S LEADERSHIP AND ABILITY TO WIN VIRGINIA

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) Questioned Obama’s Credibility As A Leader And Ability To Win Virginia, Citing His Handling Of ObamaCare

Sen. Jim Webb(D-VA): Obama’s Handling Of ObamaCare Cost Him “A Lot Of Credibility As A Leader” Leaving Him With “A Difficult Time Selling Himself As A Decisive Leader.” “The manner in which the health-care-reform issue was put in front of the Congress -- the way that the issue was dealt with by the White House -- cost Obama a lot of credibility as a leader. … From that point forward, Obama’s had a difficult time selling himself as a decisive leader.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Webb Says Virginia A Challenge For Obama Over Health Care,” Bloomberg, 4/18/12)

Webb: It’s A “Big Question Mark” If Obama Will Be Able To Carry Virginia This Year. “Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia said it’s a ‘big question mark’ whether President Barack Obama will be able to carry his state again in this year’s election because Obama’s handling of the health-care overhaul harmed his credibility.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Webb Says Virginia A Challenge For Obama Over Health Care,” Bloomberg, 4/18/12)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Citing Polling, Said Obama Is Not Ahead In Virginia

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA): “I’ve Seen A Bunch Of Polling Suggesting It’s Much More Of A Dead Heat Than It Is The President Way Ahead At This Point.” (Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, “The State Both Parties Want,” Politico, 5/3/12)

AND OBAMA’S OWN COMMENTS ON RIGHT TO WORK LAWS DREW A REBUKE FROM THE NEWSPAPER OF THE CITY HOSTING HIS FIRST VIRGINIA RALLY

Speaking Before A Union Audience This Week, Obama Attacked Right To Work Laws. OBAMA: “I believe when folks try and take collective bargaining rights away by passing so-called ‘right to work’ laws that might also be called ‘right to work for less’ laws, that’s not about economics.  That’s about politics.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Building and Construction Trades Department, Washington, DC, 4/30/12)

Obama’s Comments Criticizing State Right To Work Laws “Put Him At Odds With Democratic U.S. Senate Nominee Timothy M. Kaine, A Former Governor And Democratic National Committee Chairman Who Has Consistently Supported The State’s Right-To-Work Law And Attended The Event.”“Virginia is among 23 states with right-to-work laws, which provide that employees are not required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of getting or retaining a job. The president’s remarks seem to put him at odds with Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Timothy M. Kaine, a former governor and Democratic National Committee chairman who has consistently supported the state’s right-to-work law and attended the event.” (Wesley P. Hester, “Ahead of Va. Rally, Obama Bashes Right-To-Work Laws,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/30/12)

Obama’s Attacks On Right To Work Drew  A Strong Rebuke From The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Saying Obama “Misrepresented Not Only The Laws But The Facts.” “In a recent speech calling Tim Kaine a ‘friend of labor,’ President Barack Obama took a swipe at states — including Virginia — that have right-to-work laws. Not surprisingly, he misrepresented not only the laws but the facts.” (Editorial, “Labor: Wrong On Right To Work,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/2/12)


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