Washington Daybook: Virginia-Bound

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Supporting women cheer on Ann Romney at a "Women For Mitt Rally"on Sept. 7, 2012 in Leesburg, Virginia.

The rivals reached for the prize at exactly the same time, causing a nation to hold its collective breath while it was decided who would emerge victorious…

No, it’s not a NFL referee dispute — that long national nightmare is over after the league reached agreement last night with its veteran officials over pay. For the second day in a row, President Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaigns have scheduled rallies in the same state at the same time, causing a media pile-up as each candidate struggles to get his message out.

At 11:30 a.m. EDT, Romney will speak at a rally in Springfield, Va., just as Obama takes the stage down the highway in Virginia Beach. Yesterday, both men made simultaneous appearances at two different times in Ohio. The candidate’s schedules will align again next week when Obama and Romney face off in the first presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3.

Back in Washington today, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist speaks at a Business Coalition for Fair Competition briefing, where he’ll release a congressional scorecard of votes “highlighting government competition with private sector.”

Ford Motor Co. Chief Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick delivers remarks on the state of automotive industry at a National Economists Club luncheon, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. holds a Consumer Research Symposium with FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg and officials from the SEC and CFPB, and the FDA holds a workshop on medical counter-measures to be used in case of radiological, nuclear or chemical attack involving mass burns.

And what goes better with football than beer? The Beer Institute holds a policy forum on Capitol Hill on the industry’s record of job creation and its contribution to the economy, including the release of results of a national poll on jobs and tax issues important to the public. 1 p.m.




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