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Democrats attack Romney ahead of Virginia visit

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Mitt Romney is heading to Virginia, and Democrats are hoping to make the Republican presidential contender feel most unwelcome.

The former Massachusetts governor will be in McLean Tuesday night for a fundraiser at the home of Northern Virginia Technology Council head Bobbie Kilberg. On Wednesday, Romney will appear at Fairfax Republican Committee headquarters with Gov. Robert McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as part of a broad GOP push to support the party’s state legislative candidates.

Ahead of those events, the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday arranged a conference call with Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), who argued that Romney’s economic platform “seems to be very much out of touch with the mainstream in Virginia.”

“The real question seems to be, who is Mitt Romney representing and why does he want to become president?” Moran asked, contending that Romney wanted to keep taxes low for the wealthy and was uninterested to doing anything to stem the foreclosure crisis.

Moran also referenced Romney’s vast personal wealth and ownership of multiple homes.

“That may be his lifestyle, but how can he relate to most Virginians who are struggling to make their mortgage?” Moran said. “I think this guy is out of touch.”

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom pointed out that Obama came to Virginia toward the end of his 2008 campaign and vowed to create "millions of new jobs." Instead, the economy has gone in the wrong direction. "It’s hard to believe that Rep. Moran would now stand with President Obama and defend the disastrous economic policies that have created so much misery for the nation," Fehrnstrom said.                                                   

Both parties believe Virginia will be a key state in the 2012 race for electoral votes. President Obama was the first Democrat to win the commonwealth in four decades, but recent poll numbers in the state showed him with stubbornly high disapproval ratings. A Quinnipiac University survey released two weeks ago gave Romney 45 percent and Obama 44 percent in a head-to-head Virginia matchup.

While much of Northern Virginia traditionally favors Democrats, the region also includes many voters who could be receptive to Romney’s economic message. Loudoun and Fairfax are the two wealthiest counties in the U.S., based on median household income.



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