President Obama is rolling out a statewide campaign blitz in battleground Virginia this week following a week of high-profile visits by Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney and his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.
The "Building a Stronger Virginia" tour will highlight Obama's record on small businesses, health care and college affordability from Northern Virginia to Hampton Roads to southwest Virginia. To get the message out, Obama has tapped former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, now president and CEO of the liberal Center for American Progress, and former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra.
The tour includes six stops Monday alone and continues through the week. Recent polls show a tightening race in Virginia after Obama held a slight lead for much of this year.
Last week, Romney announced his pick of Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, in Norfolk and Ryan returned to the Old Dominion later in the week to raise campaign cash and stump in the Richmond area and Northern Virginia.
Republicans will hold an event Tuesday featuring Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., that will focus on Obama's record on veterans issues. Both Democrats and Republicans are making a strong push to recruit military voters, a significant voting bloc in Virginia