Photos: President Obama asks Va. Beach crowd to support his plan for moving forward

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Posted on September 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 12:00 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- President Barack Obama made his case for a second term during his rally at Farm Bureau Live amphitheater Thursday afternoon.

He took the stage at 12:25 p.m. after a speech by outgoing Va. Senator Jim Webb, who said “We have big problems to solve and not the tie to turn over the ship of state.”

"In the coming weeks, you’re going to have a very big choice to make. It's not just a choice between two candidates or two parties. It's about two fundamentally different visions of how we move forward," he said.

President Obama asked the question - who plan is better for you?

"You've got a choice, Virginia. You can follow Gov. Romney's advice and not move. We can keep giving tax breaks to corporations who ship jobs overseas or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and bring new jobs right here in Virginia and the United States," the president stated.

Obama outlined part of his agenda to move forward, saying he'd export more US products and work to curb outsourcing of jobs; he said it's imperative for the US to control its own energy future; he stressed the importance of education and giving workers the skills to compete in the job market and "cut the deficit by $4 trillion without sticking it to the middle class."

The president called Romney a big believer in top down economics, adding that was the path of a decade ago. "It didn’t work then and it won’t work now," the president said to a cheering crowd of about 7,000 seated at the amphitheater.

He repeated  the words "Don't boo, vote" whenever the crowd groaned at the mention of GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

President Obama ended his 40-minute speech asking for support so he can help all Americans, even if they didn't vote for him.

“If you elect me, we’ll finish what we started."

It's the Commander-in-Chief's third visit to Hampton Roads since July and he's expected to focus on jobs and the economy when he takes the stage around noon.

Police warned people who aren't attending the event to avoid the area because of traffic congestion along the Princess Anne Road corridor.

 The only gates with access into the venue will be off of Dam Neck Road.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Northern Virginia, speaking at an American Legion Post in Springfield.

The Commonwealth has traditionally been a reliably GOP state in presidential elections, but President Obama changed that in 2008, becoming the first Democrat to carry Virginia since 1964.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Hampton Roads will likely be a popular spot.

Virginia is considered a key swing state that is important to the election.

"Your going to see a lot of both candidates and the vice presidential candidates here," said Governor Bob McDonnell.

The Associated Press reports recent polls place President Obama slightly ahead of Romney.

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