President Barack Obama campaigned at a grassroots event in Woodbridge today, focusing on the economy, his presidential record and his plan for America's future.
"I see hardworking Virginians," Obama said, looking at the crowd at Potomac Nationals Pfitzner Stadium. "Some of you may be students working your way through college. Some are single moms like my mom. Some are senior citizens, soldiers."
Obama campaign officials said the crowd was about 12,000 people. The Prince William County Fire Marshal's office said approximately 11,000 people were in attendance at the stadium.
He can't promise an easy or quick path to success, he said, but "there's not a country on earth that wouldn't change places with us."
"Top-down economics don't work," he said, saying the GOP's focus on "trickle down" economic strategies was fundamentally different from his own plan.
His focus was on giving more Americans the chance to succeed, he said.
He spoke of his record in ending the war in Iraq and beginning to bring the military home from Afghanistan.
"I'll use the money we are no longer spending on war to pay down the debt," he said. "We don't think government can solve all our problems, but we don't think the government is the source of all our problems."
He asked Americans to vote for him once more.
"We believe here in America, we're in it together," he said. "I don't know how many people will vote for me this time around, but I'm telling the American people I will be fighting for you no matter what. I will be your president no matter what."
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