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“This is a man who knows how to work and he knows how to push through obstacles and he cares deeply about the opportunities that this country has given him, and he wants to make sure those opportunities are there for everybody — not just for a few,” Mr. Obama said. “He knows what it’s like to work hard.”

The president also praised Mr. McAuliffe for encouraging Congress to vote to end the partial shutdown of the federal government last month, saying there are practical consequences to politicians operating ideologically.

“You deserve a governor who wants to move this commonwealth forward — not backwards,” Mr. Obama said.

Many Cuccinelli supporters, including his brother Kevin, a medical doctor from Colorado, protested outside the Arlington event Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, the Republican is scheduled to continue his efforts to shore up his base, with scheduled appearances alongside Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, in Warrenton and Culpeper. The Republican’s play to woo libertarian voters attracted to Mr. Sarvis also continues, with a prime-time event Monday night featuring former Rep. Ron Paul in Richmond.

Mr. McAuliffe is scheduled to appear with Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Monday morning in Annandale for the final full day of the campaign.