Obama rallies 15,000 in Richmond

Obama rallies 15,000 in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA - OCTOBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama waves to an audience of about 15,000 supporters during a campaign rally at Byrd Park October 25, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Obama and his GOP opponent former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are crisscrossing the country attempting to sway voters in all-important swing states. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by 13News

Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:12 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- With a once-comfortable lead in Virginia now in doubt, President Barack Obama has made a plaintive and urgent appeal to thousands of supporters not to give up on his quest for a second term while renewing his harangues of Republican Mitt Romney.

His voice reduced to a hoarse shout in the midst of a two-day, all-out blitz of Virginia and five other swing states, the president Thursday portrayed Romney as a pandering shape-shifter, molding his message to polls and political expedience.

Obama's 20-minute rallying cry roused about 15,000 people who had waited up to six hours shoulder-to-shoulder under a blazing sun in a suburban park.

In Virginia, polls show Obama and Romney in a close race. A month ago, those same polls showed the president building a lead over Romney.

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