On Thursday, October 7th, Organizing for America held a rally for Democratic congressional and state candidates at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. Organizing for America, a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and founded by after President Obama’s inauguration, had announced the rally one week prior to the event which hundreds attended. The schedule consisted of speeches by several candidates and an appearance by President Barack Obama.
Obama specifically addressed the needs of college students during his speech. Obama stated he was in favor of a permanent $10,000 college tax credit as well as an increase in student aid. The president left room in his speech to attack Republicans, saying they would give more power to insurance companies, credit card companies, and wall street banks while leaving students in the dust if Republicans took back Congress. Obama characterized the Democrats in Congress as hard-working individuals who dug our economy out of a ditch, while Republicans stood around not wanting to help and instead were “sipping on a slurpee”.
Among the attendees were Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen. Mixing hot weather and a standing-only audience led three dozen individuals to faint during the duration of the event, with several being transported to local hospitals.