Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made stops throughout the commonwealth Wednesday to rally for President Barack Obama. Dozens of people crowded inside the Obama headquarters at the Organizing for America office on the Charlottesville downtown mall to get a chance to listen to Albright's speech.
Albright spoke about President Obama's foreign and domestic leadership, education, women's rights and what she referred to as "Mitt Romney's reckless policies." She told voters she is 75 years old, and this election is the most important race she has seen in a long time.
Albright said President Obama will continue to use education as a way to strengthen the economy. "It is very important, I think, for people to understand that the basis for getting a good job, and jobs for the future is education," she stated. "And so he's been talking an awful lot about the importance of education, the right education in order to make the jobs move forward."
Two University of Virginia students got a chance to speak alongside Albright, and talk about how decisions made by the Obama administration helped with their education. They explained how the administration's decisions helped them pay for college and get a jump-start on their future. One out-of-state student, Lila Kelso, said she is from a middle class family and if not for loans, she would not have been able to attend UVA.
Albright also said a woman's vote is an important one in this election, and President Obama has respect for women and gender equality. "He has been very clear that women should be able to choose about their lives in every way, a respect for women," she stated.
Lastly, Albright stated President Obama has the national security experience needed to run our country. "Governor Romney has no experience except running the Olympics which is not exactly the same thing, she said. "And Congressman Ryan has basically just voted against national security programs in a number of ways."
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