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President Barack Obama Rally

Carla Peay | 10/10/2010, 12:32 a.m.
On Thursday, October 7, 2010, President Barack Obama attended an afternoon rally on the campus...
President Barack Obama Rally held at Bowie State University - (l to r) Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, President Obama, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Courtesy Photo

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, President Barack Obama attended an afternoon rally on the campus of Bowie State University. The event was held to emphasize voter turnout for the election in November. Democratic candidates including Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown among others, also participated in the rally. The event was open the public and drew thousands to Bowie State. Below Gov. O'Malley is interviewed by Doni Glover - Bmorenews.com

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Obama Joins Gov. O'Malley and Sen. Mikulski in their Midterm Election Push

With the midterm election just over two weeks away, President Barack Obama joined Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski at Bowie State University for some last minute campaign speeches on Thu., Oct. 7.

Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1987. With a November victory, she will become the Senate's longest serving female senator. Mikulski is considered a heavy favorite to win re-election over her Republican opponent, Queen Anne's County Commissioner Eric S. Wargotz.

O'Malley, however, faces a tough challenge in the November 2 elections against former Maryland Republican Governor, Robert Ehrlich, who was O'Malley's predecessor in the Governor's office. O'Malley defeated Ehrlich in the 2006 election.

The Maryland primary elections were held on Tue., Sept.14, and in Prince George's County, turnout was especially low, with just under 20 percent of the County's registered voters showing up at the polls.

With turnout generally much lower during a non-presidential election year, Obama has reached out to his base of the same young, enthusiastic, college crowds that supported him two years ago to help O'Malley and Mikulski in their midterm races. Bowie State is Maryland's oldest historically Black college.

"We believe in a Country where we look after one another; where we say 'I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper.' That's the America I know. That's the America Martin [O'Malley] cares about. That's the choice in this election. We are not just going to win this election, we are going to make sure that the American Dream is alive and well for future generations," Obama said.

Obama has focused on education reforms in many of his college campus stops, and drew a sharp contrast between the Democratic plan of strengthening education and the Republican plan, which he said will cut education funding by 20 percent.

"President Obama challenged states to race to the top; to give our children a world class education. Maryland competed, and we won. Mr. President, we are moving forward with our schools thanks to you," O'Malley said.

O'Malley and Brown have a strong education platform, and have invested $81 million in capital projects at community colleges in Maryland. O'Malley served two terms as the Mayor of Baltimore before becoming governor. His running mate, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, is an Iraq war veteran from Prince George's County who served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates before being elected Lt. Governor.

Brown and Obama were classmates at Harvard Law School. The most recent Washington Post poll has O'Malley ahead by 11 points among likely voters.
Obama directed his appeal to students, asking that they challenge the notion that Republicans would make significant gains in the midterms.

"They say their followers are more energized. They say you might be willing to let the other folks who left the economy in a shambles go back to Annapolis and go back to Washington," Obama said, as he urged the crowd to show up on Election Day.

"Don't make me look bad," Obama said. "Make no mistake, this election is a choice, and that choice could not be clearer."