VANDALIA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has emerged as the presidential race's undisputed focus. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are making multiple stops this week alone in a state that's trending toward the president, endangering Romney's White House hopes.
The popularity of Obama's auto industry bailout and a better-than-average local economy are undermining Romney's call for Ohioans to return to their GOP-leaning ways, which were crucial to George W. Bush's two elections. Ohio has 18 electoral votes, seventh most in the nation, and no Republican has won the White House without carrying it.
Romney is scrambling to reverse the polls that show Obama ahead. On Tuesday, he made the first of his four planned Ohio stops this week, joining his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, for a rally near Dayton. On Wednesday, Obama will visit the college towns of Kent and Bowling Green, and Romney's bus tour will stop in the Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo areas.
"If this president persists on the road of making it harder and harder for small businesses to grow and thrive, he's going to slowly but surely weaken our economy and turn us into Greece," Romney told supporters Tuesday in Vandalia. He said the Obama administration has put government between patients and their doctors, and is picking winners and losers in private business.
In this Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama greets people after speaking at a campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ohio is the presidential race's undisputed epicenter, and it's tilting toward Barack Obama. The revival of the local economy and the popularity of Obama's auto industry bailout are hampering Mitt Romney's call for Ohioans to return to the GOP-leaning ways that were crucial to George W. Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
1. I wonder if Mitt is planning to make a campaign stop in Freeport, Illinois? Obama should.
It would remind voters about Mitt's connection to Bain and how it shut down and shipped out manufacturing jobs like those at Sensata in Freeport.
I'm just amazed at listening to Romney and Ryan preaching the policies that have enhanced the outsourcing to China as if they will turn things around here. I'm equally amazed at hearing Ryan pissing and moaning about the deficit spending under Obama when his own budget has been deemed a budget buster with no indications on how it would prevent accelerating deficit spending.