MCLEAN, VA (WWBT) - Looking for a boost to his campaign in the form of enthusiasm and cash, Creigh Deeds welcomed President Barack Obama to Virginia tonight.
6 months ago a visit from Barack Obama would've been considered just the trick to liven up a democratic campaign in Virginia. But with sagging poll numbers and major political battles confronting him, the president spent as much time defending his record as he did touting Creigh Deeds.
For a country lawyer, from a tiny part of Virginia, it was an awesome moment.
"I'm still trying to get used to the fact that the President of the United States flew Marine One here to Virginia, for me!" said Deeds.
Creigh Deeds, trailing in the polls was looking for the president to kick his campaign into overdrive. But- the president, facing some difficult poll numbers himself, took the opportunity to defend his own record.
"When I walked in we had a one point three trillion dollar deficit. That was gift-wrapped and waiting for me when I walked into the Oval Office," said President Obama.
The president rejected his critics and attempted to build the case that the democratic style of politics is still the better choice.
"Creigh will continue the progress that has been made in this great commonwealth," Obama said.
And slowly throughout the night, the president worked hard to recapture the energy that brought tens of thousands of people out to rallies in Virginia last fall.
"I need every one of you to knock on doors and make phone calls and get fired up once again so that we can go towards the future," Obama said.
Hopeful that momentum would reignite and transfer to the Deeds campaign. Not surprisingly, republicans aren't buying Obama's rhetoric. Congressman Eric Cantor released a statement today calling on senator Deeds to state where he stands on key issues the president is supporting, such as card check and cap and trade. Two policies he claims will hurt Virginia business.