Vilsack, Perriello tour rural Virginia for Obama

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack (D) and former representative Tom Perriello (D-Va.) are touring rural Virginia this week on behalf of the Obama campaign, highlighting investments the president has made in those areas.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces a new lending program during a news conference at the Virginia Farm Bureau in Richmond in May. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

Kicking off Tuesday, the tour will include stops at Virginia Tech University, Martinsville, Rustburg, Chatham, Raphine, Lovingston and Blacksburg.

Along the way, they will play up investments Obama has made in the university and veterans services, as well as in rural businesses, agriculture, health care, technology and innovation.

The last stop will be in Blacksburg Saturday, when former Virginia first lady Anne Holton will join local Obama supporters for the opening of the campaign’s 17th office. Holton is the wife of former governor Tim Kaine (D), who is running for U.S. Senate against former governor George Allen (R).

“In the last three and a half years, President Obama has held a lot of fundraisers, and he’s visited with a lot of celebrities, but he’s lost touch with what Virginia’s families are going through,” said Curt Cashour, Virginia communications director for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “From the job-killing regulations President Obama has hit Virginia’s coal producers and job creators with, to the huge spike in energy costs that has occurred on his watch, it’s clear that Virginians are suffering under President Obama’s failed liberal policies.”

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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