Obama Speaks In Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Democrat Barack Obama is lashing out at President Bush and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in his quest for support in conservative Virginia.

Obama made his way to Charlottesville Monday for a fundraiser. He campaigned near the site of a Clinton fundraiser a month ago.

Obama took on both Bush and Clinton in front of a crowd of at least 3,500 supporters.

The Illinois senator sees Virginia as a state in play for their party, even though the last Democrat it supported for president was Lyndon Johnson, 43 years ago.

Trailing Clinton in polls two months before the first nomination contests, he assailed both Bush for sending troops to Iraq and Clinton for voting in 2002 for the deployment.

Campaign officials said they would not know how much money the campaign will have made until Tuesday because long lines of people were massed around the gates to buy tickets even after Obama began speaking.

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