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President Obama on Thursday brought his “middle class” tour to the richest county in the country: Loudoun county, Va.
Thousands of supporters waited for hours in extreme heat conditions to hear the President speak in front of the oldest high school in the county, Loudoun County High School. In the neighborhood across the from school, some residents welcomed the president and his supporters by decorating their front lawns with Mitt Romney posters.
“Virginia, I have a different plan for America,” Obama said. “We do not need tax cuts for wealthy Americans. We need it for working Americans.”
Supporters responded as Obama hammered Romney’s “simple idea” economic plans by chanting “four more years.”
Obama reminded Loudoun County residents and Virginians of their success throughout his speech. Obama even cited recent Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach as an example of the talent in the state.
Obama won Virginia by about five points in 2008, becoming the first Democrat since 1964 to win the state in a presidential election.
“We won Loudoun last time; if we win Loudoun this time, we’ll win Virginia,” Obama said. “And if we win Virginia, we’ll win the election.”
After the 25-minute speech ended, first time event goers like Mary Yakush and Helen Van Ryan said it was worth the long wait.
“I think people are going to have to work really hard to ensure that Obama does win,” said Yakush. “But I think he can win.”
“People just need to get out there and vote,” said Van Ryan. “If those who are eligible to vote, vote, then Obama can win by a landslide again.”