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Obama ventured into Northern Virginia on Saturday for a campaign event in Centreville, drawing several hundred protesters that demonstrated just how much things have changed in Virginia since 2008. Last time around, Northern Virginia localities like Fairfax County were Obama’s core political turf. This time, it’s a contested battleground.
This turned out to be a lot friendlier than I expected, with only a few minor instances where Obama supporters displayed any visible anger towards their political opponents. For the most part there was quite a bit of acceptance of differing viewpoints and even some friendly conversations between Obama and Romney supporters, particularly when they both were driving cars with Virginia license plates. That’s good to see, and speaks well of the Commonwealth. Hopefully the out-of-state folks that have descended on Virginia to help out the Obama campaign will come away from that experience learning a few things.
I’d expect Obama’s going to see quite a bit more of this sort of reception each time he has a campaign event in Virginia, and most of them will be pretty much like this one. They’re fun events to participate in when folks on both sides demonstrate some civility.
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