Trying to rekindle the fire of his historic 2008 campaign, President Obama told supporters this weekend that his re-election bid is still about “hope” and “change.”

The president returned to those watchwords as he held his first official re-election campaign rallies Saturday in Ohio and Virginia. His team has unveiled a new campaign slogan, “forward,” but the incumbent candidate stressed that he still stands for the big ideas he promoted four years ago.

“If people ask you what’s this campaign about, you tell them it’s still about hope. It’s still about change,” Obama said.

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