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Yeah headquarters fifteen days -- -- the election and we're taking a closer look at the key battleground states in a definite really get much closer than the state of Virginia let's talk a little bit about what.
The economy looks like in the state of Virginia.
You see their unemployment rate.
Is well below the national average defense.
Contract in defense and very big in the state we'll talk about that would with our next guest.
-- the president and Mitt Romney ill with.
And if he'd take a look at the polls -- can see -- visit to basically equal in the polls the president and Mitt Romney -- real clear politics.
48 to 48% Julian walker is a staff writer for the Virginian pilot came out.
Eventually and how about Mitt Romney making some changes in Virginia what are that.
So -- Romney campaign.
-- is bringing in some staffers from Pennsylvania and Michigan into Virginia according to Republican sources that spoke with us.
The Romney campaign sought to downplay that a little bit and say that they are temporary moves moves that will.
Perhaps moving around and changing throughout.
The remaining days of the race.
But the Romney campaign has brought some staffers into Virginia perhaps a sign that they see the state.
As winnable as you see the polls narrowing and as you pointed out essentially statistical dead heat now in Virginia.
And very interesting to see you at that that strategy is if they're doubling down in that state BC media and victory in their talk just a little bit about this defense issue.
-- -- his defense spending is something that really could come up when we talk about foreign policy how is that issue playing in the state of Virginia.
Well Virginia's a state whose economy is heavily reliant upon defense.
In Northern Virginia in the beltway region outside of DC you have the Pentagon you've got lots of military related facilities both.
It public facilities in terms of factual bases and you also have a lot of defense contractors.
In the Hampton roads area of the state the kind of eastern portion of the state along the Atlantic coast.
You have a lot of defense installations as well Norfolk down in that area you have the world's largest navy base.
So there's the debate over the sequester the one trillion an automatic.
Federal spending cuts about half of those coming from military that are set to kick in.
Beginning in January.
That has been a big issue on the ground here.
And while the economy is kind of the first and foremost in people's minds as as this is really kitchen table pocketbook kind of election.
Defense is -- is a key component of that because of how heavily reliant Virginia's economy is.
Both on military personnel and the defense contractors who -- other businesses here.
Yet another big reason to watch a debate tonight and see if there's any movement in the polls post debate Julian -- look for to have you back in the program as always thank you very much.
Thank you for having me.
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