Obama draws a sharp distinction from Republicans, Cantor

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Just about every aspect of President Barack Obama's Richmond event was designed to send a message. That message: vote Democrat in November.

It was all about offering two distinct choices. Choices that were made clear before he said a word.

Congressman Eric Cantor was in Washington, while the President made a visit to his backyard.

"Now the President has chosen to visit my district today in Richmond," said Cantor. "He's going to talk to some folks and anytime the President wants to come to Richmond, we welcome him."

A welcome Barack Obama noticed right away.

"I know your congressman here, I think, has strong ideas about what he says he wants to do," said Obama.

Congressman Cantor is one of the President's biggest critics and a person who stands to gain quite a bit if the Democrats fall in November. But during his remarks, Obama criticized republicans like Cantor, who he claims divide more than they unite.

"I think that that's part of what the choice we're making in this election and over the next several years is going to be," said President Obama. "Are we still able to make those decisions together about how to move the country forward, or are we each going to just be looking out for ourselves."

But Cantor -- who offered a "pre-butal" to the President's remarks via YouTube -- said he has no problem drawing sharp contrasts.

"Nearly 20,000 jobs will be lost in Virginia because of these policies and because of the looming tax hikes," Cantor said, citing a study from the Heritage Foundation.

Two different views. Only one vote this election. A battleground that at least for one day, was waged in Richmond.

At this point the president is just trying to encourage the record number of people who voted for him in 2008 to cast their ballot in 2010.

Polls show a lack of an enthusiasm with many of his supporters for this upcoming election.

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