Heavy rain and thunder forced President Obama to begin his speech early in Glen Allen Saturday.
Air Force One landed at RIC around 10:55 a.m. While the president was on his way to the Walkerton Tavern on Mountain Road in Glen Allen, storms rolled in from the west. When President Obama arrived around 12:15 p.m., he immediately took to the podium to give his campaign speech — originally scheduled to begin around 1:20 p.m.
The speech ended around 12:50 p.m. with everyone, including the president, soaking wet.
The president boarded Air Force One and left Richmond International Airport at 2:50 p.m. Saturday to conclude the campaign stump in Virginia.
The president is keeping up a drumbeat of skepticism over Mitt Romney's insistence that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate.
Advisers said he will remind voters of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney's recollection of his role at the Boston-based firm.
But Gov. Bob McDonnell said President Barack Obama's ads — accusing Republican Mitt Romney of outsourcing jobs while a venture capitalist at Bain Capital — are dishonest.
McDonnell said Friday the Obama campaign should take down those ads making the claim.
McDonnell and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke in Williamsburg before the National Governors Association convened for its annual summer meeting. Walker concurred with McDonnell on the ads. Both have been mentioned as potential Romney running mates.
McDonnell said the Obama ads are not relevant because they stem from a time after Romney left as Bain Capital's director in 1999 to head the Salt Lake City Olympics.
President Obama campaigned on Friday in Roanoke and Hampton Roads, touting his proposal to end the Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy Americans.
The president plans another day of campaigning in Virginia on Saturday, a state he won in 2008 but before that last supported a Democratic presidential nominee in 1964.
Virginia is one of the most fiercely contested states of this election. The political ad spending in the state by the campaigns of President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney is the third highest, behind only Ohio and Florida.
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