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October 7, 2010

Crowds gather at Bowie for Obama rally

Bowie -- President Barack Obama is to take the stage at Bowie State University this afternoon to fire up Democrats in Maryland, giving a special nod to Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Throngs of supporters, many clad in O'Malley-green or Mikulski-red T-shirts have already gathered in an outdoor quadrangle at the historically black college. Meanwhile, Maryland Republicans, in a telephone press conference today, predicted voters will reject the Democratic message.

Obama remains more popular in Maryland than nationally, and seemingly unending security lines at Bowie State show he can still draw a crowd.

Baltimore resident Mike Canady and girlfriend Tisa Silver of nearby Mitchellville, both 31, said the presidential pep rally will help Maryland's Democratic candidates.

"If you can get support from the White House, that's great," Silver said. "Democrats need a swift kick in the butt like this to get out and vote."

Canady, who also attended Obama's inauguration, said he hopes voters will do their own research and come to live events such as this, rather than relying upon questionable candidate advertisements.

"It's really important to hear what everyone has to say," he said.

Earlier this afternoon, Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott -- a former Bowie mayor -- welcomed Obama to the college but said his policies have failed.

"We are far worse off than we were when O'Malley and Obama took office," she said in a telephone press conference call. She was joined by Republican candidate for Congress Charles Lollar who is angling to unseat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

Lollar accused Hoyer of "following (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi around the country" instead of helping people in his home district. With the still-struggling economy, he added, "this is no time for partisan politics."

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 1:52 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


Yeah well all the hype of the great speaking of President Obama may last for a minute, getting only a 12-24 hour news cycle of coverage, however the President won't be at the polls or on the ballot come November 2nd, leaving Maryland Democrats vulnerable for defeat this year! Especially Kratovil and O'Malley!!!

Jeez...Obama hasn't done anything but campaign since he got in there, has he?

36 people fell ill just at the site of O'Malley and Obama and the FD had to set up a triage in the gym.

Obama and O'malley make me sick but not psychically.

i just love Barack Obama. He's the greatest democratic president president since Bill Clinton. Considering the lack of real solutions from the EXTREME right....Obama is the best man for the JOB.

He's the only Democratic president since Bill Clinton...

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