March 12th, 2012
03:17 PM ET
Washington (CNN)—When Vice President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail in the pivotal swing state of Ohio this week, he will likely focus on one of the Obama administration’s successes – the bailout of the auto industry.
Biden gives the first in a series of four high profile speeches at a United Auto Workers union hall inToledo on Thursday.
A Democratic campaign official tells CNN the speeches are designed "to begin framing the core issues of the general election."
The auto industry in Ohio, a critical swing state in the upcoming presidential election, is key to the state’s economy.
Ohio is only second to Michigan in auto production, employing 72,000 workers in the auto and parts industries.
President Obama has touted his administration's 80 billion dollar bailout of the auto industry as preventing a (another) Great Depression in the Midwest.
Recently at the UAW convention inWashington, DC, the president described the 2009 bailout as a bet on the American worker.
"Now, three years later, that bet is paying off, not just for you but for America," the president said.
It's no coincidence then that Biden's first major speech of the 2012 campaign is in Toledo, just 60 miles from the motor city of Detroit, Michigan.
President Obama himself will visit Ohio Tuesday taking British Prime Minister David Cameron to an American tradition – March Madness – as they attend a first round game in the NCAA Men's basketball tournament.
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