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Live Blog: Obama Speaks at Grassroots Campaign Event in Woodbridge

Patch will update live from the event with quotes and other information.

On Sept. 21, President Barack Obama campaigned in Woodbridge at a grassroots event held at the Potomac Nationals Pfitzner Stadium near the County Complex. 

For a live blog of the event, see below. 

4:22 p.m.: The Prince William County Fire Marshal's office said approximately 11,000 people were in attendance today. The Obama campaign said 12,000 people were at the stadium. 

12:40 p.m.

Obama addressed the Republican perception that Democrats rely too much on what the government can do for them. 

"We don't think government can solve all our problems, but we don't think the government is the source of all our problems," he said. 

He concluded with a message of unity and bipartisanship. 

"We believe here in American, we're in it together," Obama said. "I don't know how many people will vote for me this time around, but I'm telling the American people I will be fighting for you no matter what. I will be your president no matter what." 

In education, he said, he's "not fighting for red state schools or blue state schools." 

"I'm fighting for American schools," Obama said. 

"I'm asking for you to keep believing in me. I'm asking for your vote." 

12:30 p.m.

Obama reflected on his time in office. 

"Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq and I did," he said. "30,000 more troops have left Afghanistan. I promised to wind down in Afghanistan and we have." 

Caring for U.S. troops went beyond bringing them home, he said. 

"When our troops come home and take off their uniform, we will fight for them as hard as they've fought for us," Obama said. 

Ending involvement in wars overseas would have a positive impact on the deficit, he said. 

"I'll use the money we are no longer spending on war to pay down the debt," he said.  

12:25 p.m. 

"We've got to reduce our deficit," Obama said. "If we keep middle class taxes low, what do you do with the extra money?" 

"Spend it!" the crowd shouted. 

Obama expressed a desire to work across the aisle with Republicans to reduce the deficit. But his desire for compromise doesn't mean he'll just assent to whatever Republicans propose.

"I promise you, I will refuse to turn Medicare into a voucher," he said, in a nod to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's thoughts on budget reform.

12:20 p.m.

"I want us to control more of our own energy," Obama told the crowd. "We can develop nearly 100 years of natural gas below our feet." 

"I want to give more Americans the chance to gain the skills they need to compete," he said.

12:15 p.m.

President Obama began speaking, amid the crowd's chants of "Four more years." 

The election is about two fundamentally different plans, he told the crowd. "Top down economics don't work," he said, criticizing the GOP's "trickle down" economic strategy.

When the crowd booed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he said, "Don't boo. Vote." 

"I see hardworking Virginians," Obama said. "Some of you may be students working your way through college. Some are single moms like my mom. Some are senior citizens, soldiers." 

He can't promise an easy or quick path to success, Obama said. 

"There's not a country on earth that wouldn't change places with us," he said.

12:05 p.m.

To kick off the event, the Woodbridge Little League team sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Senator Mark Warner then gave an introduction.

America2012 September 21, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Virginia looked good today in WoodBridge...We are fired up and Ready to go in Prince William County. Forward2012! http://ht.ly/1OxcBa.
Jean Nichols September 22, 2012 at 04:33 AM
How is the USA any better than 4 years ago? Added debt = $5,500,000,000,000. Gasoline price Doubled! Food prices Up! 23,000,000 Americans Unemployed or underemployed. Loans difficult to get, because of Dodd-Frank.' Businesses can Not hire because of obamacare. Food Prices Up! ETC...........
Jay September 22, 2012 at 06:05 AM
I'm with you Jean. The economic situation is grim. The Dollar is losing value due to failed polices and an out of control central Bank (The Fed) printing endless amounts of money! Food prices are sky rocking. The middle class is suffering. We always hear how the Democrats are all for helping the little guy. Yet they force Obama care down our throats. Which will only benefit big insurance companies at the expense of the average hard working American already burdened by a weak economy. The only way out of this mess is strict adherence to the constitution. It tells us that only gold and silver should be legal tender! Yet we let these crooks print endless amounts of paper money. We are quickly moving towards socialism.
P Crawley September 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Well if you don't agree with the issues at hand don't vote. That's the political world, it will never satisfy everyone. It took 8 years before Obama was president to get into this mess and its gonna take more than 8 years to get out of it. Being critical is one thing, but to be able to do it is another. Congress have set on the hill for 4 years doing nothing. As a taxpayer I'm pissed due to paying their salary and they haven't accopmplished anything within 4 years. They need to be replaced also. Everything can't be blamed on one person so let's spread the wealth.
knotta follower September 23, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Amen crawley. Bushes tax cuts is what got us into this mess, one war unjustified, Medicare part d which was never paid for, all of his back room deals with Chaney.Its going to take us 12 years to recover financially because congress had voted down every bill that Obama has put forward for the recovery and jobs. Those are the facts. Bottom line you can't change the facts. Its only the neo-conservatives that want to run this country like Iran (faith based). They will bring the middle class and the poor to their knees.(truth / facts)
Jean Nichols September 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
That Clinton speech 'Please give obama More time'! 100% Baloney!! Reagan Reversed the Carter Fiasco in 2 years!!! But obama's Worshipers have NO True knowledge of such American History.
knotta follower September 25, 2012 at 08:53 PM
The only BALONEY comes from the carbon copied same old same old distractions from the truth. Turn on MSNBC once in awhile to get your data Jean. Its the facts which no one around here seems to care about. All I see is hate, deep seeded hate.

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