Swing State Tour

After the first presidential debate wrapped up in Denver both candidates are turning their attention to Virginia. Mitt Romney campaigned in Fishersville, Virginia Thursday and both candidates will be in the state Friday.

While both presidential candidates took advantage of their trip to Colorado to court voters in western states, they also never took their eyes off independent voters in Virginia. That might be most evident in former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s comments on U-S energy policy.

“And by the way. I like coal. I’m going to make sure we continue to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies.”

Mr. Romney will be bringing that message to Virginia’s western coal fields at the end of this week. While he makes his pitch there, President Obama will continue his effort to energize college students that proved a crucial voting block in his 2008 victory. To wrap up the week Mr. Obama will bespeaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he’ll likely tout the reforms to student loans he brought up in the debate.

“What we’ve been able to do is provide millions more students assistance. Lower, or keep low, interest rates on student loans. And this is an example of where our priorities make a difference.”

As the race heats up one thing is clear: neither campaign is taking Virginia voters for granted.

— Matt Laslo

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