NORFOLK (AP) -- President Barack Obama wrapped up his "Road to Charlotte" tour on the campus of Norfolk State University.
He stepped onto the stage at 12:37 p.m., waved to the crowd and opened with "Hello Norfolk State. Go Spartans."
President Obama said he's looking forward to being in Charlotte Wednesday and reflected on the GOP convention last week. Boos rose from the crowd when he mentioned the Republicans, to which the president responded, "Don’t boo, vote, vote." Then the crowd chanted "four more years."
"Basically they (GOP) said first of all, everything’s bad, and it’s Obama’s fault and Gov. Romney knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. The only problem was he kept it secret."
The president outlined the differences between himself and Mitt Romney on issues like education, defense, taxes, jobs and health care.
"Health care is there for you when you get sick and we’re positive that the best way to strengthen Medicare isn’t to turn it into a voucher system," President Obama said.
He also cited his support for veterans and the military.
"Nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a roof over the heads when they get home," he said.
The president asked for support from Virginians and he said that on issue after issue, he has the plan to move America forward.
"If you're willing to stand with me, to make calls for me, we'll win Norfolk again, We'll win Virginia again, we'll win this election, he said.
The president is making Virginia his last stop ahead of the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. He's scheduled to speak at around 12:35 p.m. Tuesday outside at the Madison Hall Quad at Norfolk State University.
Hundreds of people waited in line to be let into the quad at 10:00 a.m. so they could get a good view.
"I want to support the President of the United States," said Rob, an NSU student. "I feel like it's a once in a lifetime thing and I just wanted to make it while I could, even though it's hot out here."
Obama was in Virginia last Wednesday, when he appeared in Charlottesville as part of a tour of college towns in toss-up battleground states.
Polls in Virginia show Obama with a slim lead over Republican Mitt Romney but with Romney narrowing the margin.
Four years ago, Obama became the first Democrat to win Virginia in a presidential race since 1964.
After leaving NSU, the president stopped at Norfolk Fire Station 14 and told the four firefighters and battalion chief that he had a case of White House beer for them. He also asked if they had everything they needed to do their job.
Battalion Chief Mike Hicks, who wasn't there, told WVEC.com that Station 14 is one of the city's busiest. He said there would have been more people there to meet President Obama, but just before he arrived, an alarm came in and most of the firefighters left on the call.