Why does President Obama keep coming back to Richmond?

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For the second time in less than a year, the President of the United States will pay a visit to Richmond.

Barack Obama will come to Central Virginia a week from Friday in what will be a pivotal point in his presidency.

One day after an important speech on his jobs plan and just a little more than a year before he faces a difficult re-election bid.

Richmond is a town President Barack Obama likes.

"It is a nice place," he said, during our one on one interview with him in February of 2011, "Good people down there."

And those good people will be given their rare opportunity to get a visit from the Commander in Chief twice in less than a year. It was last September, when the president hosted an intimate gathering with a group of people in Stratford Hills.

"Are we still able to make those decisions together about how to move the country forward?" he asked during his chat with a group of about 30 people.

There must be something about Richmond that keeps bringing the most powerful man in the world back. One reason is clearly the electoral map. Virginia is expected to be a battleground state next year.

Another could have to do with one of his sharpest critics.

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

Congressman Eric Cantor represents a significant part of the region and as the House Majority Leader, is a leading critic of the president's policies.

"We are fighting, both for the good of the country," Cantor said. "We just get there in a different way."

And now on the day after one of the most important speeches of his presidency, Obama will come here to argue that his way is the best way forward.

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