Obama rallies for a second term during Davenport stop

Hundreds of supporters packed the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport to see President Obama on Wednesday morning.

The president used his 20-minute talk to contrast his campaign with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. And he fired up the crowd to get out and vote.

President Obama arrived at a familiar place with an urgent message. Kicking off his “America Forward!” tour, he called on Iowa voters for a second term.

“I had to start in Iowa to ask you for your vote, to ask you for your support,” he said.

It’s a message that hits close to home. These voters launched him on the road to the White House four years ago. They’re ready to recapture that enthusiasm in the final days of the campaign.

“I think we’re right back to where we were four years ago,” said Virginia Haycraft, an Obama supporter from Eldridge. “Hopefully, moving forward.”

“Look at the variety of people here,” added her daughter, Heather Khoury. “I just can’t believe it. I’m stunned.”

This campaign stop emphasizes Iowa’s importance as a battleground state. And the Obama campaign likes what it sees. Early voting is topping results from ’08.

“We’ve got a long way to go, Iowa,” President Obama said. “But we’ve come too far to turn back now. We can’t afford to go back to what got us in this mess.”

That’s important as the campaign works to lock in votes before November 6. After long months on the campaign trail, this grassroots ground work must now focus on getting out the vote.

“We want to reelect our president again,” said James Burrage, Davenport.  “We think he’s done a good job.”

With days to go, this campaign is heading for the home stretch.

“We’ll win Scott County again,” President Obama concluded. “We’ll win Iowa again. We’ll win the election again.”

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