Live Updates: President Obama Campaigns at George Mason University

Follow Patch for updates Friday as President Barack Obama hosts a campaign rally at GMU.

12:41 p.m. update - Bringing up healthcare reform again today in Northern Virginia at a campaign stop at George Mason University, President Obama told the crowd, "If you've come down with Romnesia and can’t remember the promises you've made, don’t worry — Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions.”

President Obama's speech this morning before hundreds of students, community members, the media and local politicians focused primarily on women, healthcare and the economy, which seem to be defining the last weeks of this presidential election cycle. 

President Obama left George Mason University after noon today. The next presidential debate is Monday, Oct. 22.

Patch will have a wrap-up article later today with more details about President Obama's campaign stop here, along with photos from the event.


12:25 p.m. update - Gov. Mitt Romney may just be leading President Barack Obama among voters in the swing state of Virginia, according to a round-up of polls published by Real Clear Politics.

Both candidates are focusing increasingly on the economy and women as they criss-cross the country. Gov. Mitt Romney is in Florida today. President Barack Obama spoke this morning at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. 


12:09 p.m. update - Much of President Barack Obama's campaign stop this morning in Northern Virginia focused on women, healthcare and the economy — three defining topics for both candidates in the final few weeks before the presidential election. 

President Obama told the crowd this morning gathered at George Mason University that women should not have to put off a mammogram because money is tight. 

"This isn’t just a women’s issue. No man should want his wife or his daughters paid less than a man for doing the same job,” he said. 

President Obama is also using the term "Romnesia," referring to allegations that Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney frequently changes or forgets his positions on political issues.


11:55 a.m. update - President Barack Obama took the stage this morning at George Mason University to chants of "Four more years!" from the audience of hundreds gathered on this cloudy fall morning. 

President Obama discounted Gov. Mitt Romney's "5-point plan" for reducing the federal deficit, saying it doesn't actually reduce the deficit. 

"You've heard of the new deal? Mitt Romney's trying to give you a sketchy deal," Obama said. 

When the crowd boo'ed at some of Gov. Romney's plans, President Obama told them not to yell 'boo,' but to vote. 

11:35 a.m. update - Congressman Gerry Connolly warmed up the crowd at George Mason University this morning ahead of President Barack Obama's campaign visit. Rep. Connolly's talk focused on women and healthcare — topics President Obama focused on during his last visit to GMU.

Rep. Connolly brought up Gov. Mitt Romney's comment in the second presidential debate about "binders full of women." 

"When people ask me why I support President Obama, I tell them 'Because I have a daughter,'" Rep. Connolly told the crowd. 


Original post - 10:40 a.m.

President Barack Obama is making his second trip to George Mason University this morning in as many weeks.

With just a few weeks left before the Nov. 6 election, both President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are increasing their focus on swing state campaigning. Gov. Romney is in Florida today; he visited Leesburg on Wednesday.

President Obama was scheduled to speak around 11:45 a.m. Friday at GMU's Recreation and Athletic Complex.

On his last visit to GMU, .

Follow @fairfaxcopatch on Twitter for live tweets from today's event, and check back here for updates from his remarks to supporters.


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