Obama in Cleveland
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June 13th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Obama in Cleveland

President Obama will deliver a speech at Cuyahoga Community College in the battleground state of Ohio Thursday in his latest attempt to paint the election as a choice between what he describes as his forward moving vision for the economy that aids the middle class and the proposals from Mitt Romney that are based on the failed policies of the past and disproportionately hurt working Americans.

The chosen community college has won praise for retraining programs in biotechnology, wind power and manufacturing, areas the Obama administration has promoted and stressed as part of his plans to increase job opportunities in the U.S.

Obama and Romney are both scheduled to be in the state Thursday following poll numbers that show the race continues to be competitive. The state has consistently been a battle ground in presidential politics. Former President George W. Bush won the state in 2004 and 2000, but former President Bill Clinton won it in 1996 and 1992, and George H.W. Bush captured the state in 1988


Topics: 2012 Election • Economy

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Boot

    Come on Ohio vote Obama don't let the country club back in the white house.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Greg Kells

      Not likely, we already voted overwhelmingly against his health care mandate, and the local political ads here use voting with Obama as a smear.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jean2009 is Ohio born and Ohio resident voter:
        Obama-Biden 2012-2016
        FORWARD!
        Out of the pit George W. Bush and GOP policies put us in.

        June 14, 2012 at 10:52 am |
      • jean2009

        http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/8aa360fa46/john-kasich-sucks

        June 14, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • zaqaz

      "Come on Ohio vote Obama don't let the country club back in the white house."

      Better country club denizens than friends of bomb throwing domestic terrorists, huh?

      You guys learned nothing in the mid term elections. Absolutely nothing. How many major elections have goen your way since Mr. Obama's election? We know better now.

      June 14, 2012 at 5:39 am |
  2. Drew

    As a descendent of great and wonderful Ohioans I must say that Obama has been good for Ohio and will continue to be so if reelected..we really don't know about Mitt, do we?

    June 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Greg Kells

      As an Ohioan, no he hasn't, and over 60% of my fellow Ohioans made it clear in our last election that they agree. His best chance of winning in Ohio is if the SCOTUS overturns his health care mandate.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/us/politics/obama-says-hes-confident-health-care-law-will-stand.html?_r=1

        http://www.politicolnews.com/the-first-health-care-president-john-adams-federal-health-mandates/

        http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/04/the-founders-mandates.html

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/01/17/congress-passes-socialized-medicine-and-mandates-health-insurance-in-1798/

        http://www.scribd.com/doc/29099806/Act-for-the-Relief-of-Sick-DisabledSeamen-July-1798

        FYI- Every senior knows that Part D drug benefit is a mandate any way you slice it or dice it...you participate or you are penalized...plus you are automatically enrolled when you retire.

        Social Security FICA is mandatory and withheld from your pay unless you are covered under a different government approved retirement plan...such as: Public Employees Retirement, Railroad Workers Retirement Trust.

        What is FICA other than a retirement insurance plan?
        http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-fica.htm

        June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • Neeraj

        4. Conservatives just done2€™t feel strongly about McCain, and that aloewld Obama to garner an unusually large percentage of conservative voters.Did conservatives feel strongly about any candidate with a real shot? Part of the problem with conservatives today is that there isn't a single consistent set of ideals about what it means to be a conservative anymore. Can you be pro-environment, or pro-choice, or anti-Patriot Act, or anti-spending, or bring the boys home , pro-gun control, or any number of things (not all of them at once), and still be a conservative? Many would say no. What's the definitive, minimal core of ideas required today to be a conservative? It seems to me that, based strictly on the empirical evidence (I know, DKL's going to hate this summation), the only real conservatives are Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin and whatever they stand for.The conservatives handed Obama a victory because they couldn't decide what they wanted. If they didn't want McCain, they shouldn't have handed him the nomination.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  3. NOvember 2012

    the country club is in the White House...and they are spending you into bankruptacy....we need adult leadership.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • jean2009

      We currently have adult leadership. The reason we are in this mess is due to the eight previous GOP years when we lacked adult leadership...a problem that still exists in the House of Representatives. Vote out Ryan, Bonehead, and Can'ter.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  4. judy

    Obama 2012 Vote for the middle class Forward not back.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • C-Lo

      "Forward!" Isn't that the desperate order of a commander in the field as he forces the last of his battered, bruised and bleeding (but loyal) troops in a final push toward complete slaughter?

      June 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well C-Lo don't say you didn't leave yourself wide open for this one.

        http://homeschoolblogger.com/hymnstudies/733685/

        June 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And I 'm sure this is exactly what his campaign managers were thinking when they picked the slogan "forward" I had meant to reply with http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1918/aug/x01.htm instead of reposting below, but you and your comrades need to read this closely, as I think you will recognize a lot of the rhetoric in it. If this does not open your eyes and chill you to the bone as a freedom loving American, then my "labeling" you as a Commie is a lot closer to the truth than you will ever admit!

        June 17, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • C-Lo

      C. S. Lewis said it best–"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."

      June 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        History will prove without a doubt that George W. Bush and his teapotty affiliates were and are on the wrong road.
        FORWARD and ONWARD.

        June 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Norma Vessels

    With no help from the Republicans in Congress, President Obama has re-built the foundation of the House that was torn down. He has put down the floor of a solid future. He has laid the brick of strength. He has built up the walls and roof for our protection. Now, our president needs more time to finish the work. He needs to make the shell a home .. a home anyone would be proud of. We can't just walk away from all the work he's done so far. Vote for President Obama in November. He's the only one who knows the House .. what needs to be done to finish the work.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Mary 930

      Very good and so true.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • zaqaz

      "With no help from the Republicans in Congress, President Obama has re-built the foundation of the House that was torn down"

      Still awaiting the Democrats to 1) take responsibility for the debt accrued on their watch in their 4 years of unified ownership of Capitol Hill and 2) pass a budget in the Senate. For crying out loud ... it's been over three years.

      June 14, 2012 at 5:43 am |
      • jean2009

        http://www.ask.com/answers/135337081/did-the-us-congress-pass-a-federal-budget-for-2012
        The House passes a budget then the Senate. However, the Republican controlled House will only send up a spending bill because it can be filibustered, whereas the budget cannot. The Senate has a Democratic majority.
        The President cannot sign budget legislation until Congress acts.

        RichardCantrell: 4 months ago Federal budget 2011 Can the federal budget be filibustered in the senate?

        QuestionFederal budget 2011 Can the federal budget be filibustered in the senate?
        Answer This Question Report as You have reported this

        The current bill in the Senate now is a non binding general spending bill that seeks to set spending levels for the year... It is non specific and yes, it can be filibustered....The actual budget would be presented sometime in April.... It will be a specific itemized piece of legislation and cannot be filibustered.

        Basically it is a GOP gridlock
        If you want a budget passed contact Congressman Bonehead and tell him to send a budget up to the Senate that will pass.

        June 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  6. Aline

    Why the White House do not express thir disgust if they have about having in an HBO show a copy of ex President Bush impaled? It did not even make the US news while in the rest of the world there is critism.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  7. Aline

    CNN censors.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  8. RS, CA

    THAT arrogant Obama look in this article sickens me every time I see it and is NOT just accidental to this story. IT IS THE ESSENCE OF THE MAN! Obama is NOT a man of compromise as folks think - he's a man of "my way or the highway" (because I'm a "minority," "poor me, I'm entitled" - as taught to him by his mother and society at that time) As far as being the leader of our American way of life - has he sacrificed anything special to earn that leadership? Has he paid his own way on the education route - how/when? Who in their right mind would vote for this man again? GREAT that a black/white man finally made the presidency - I'm REALLY happy about that, because it gives all of us REAL pride in the fact that we are a land of equality. And we proved that point - and I'm SOO glad. But do we now have to keep this Obama charade up strictly because of race and color - OR can we actually elect someone with experience and leadership abilities? PLEASE, FOLKS, OUR COUNTRY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BARACK OBAMA JUST BECAUSE HE'S BLACK/WHITE!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  9. unitedfor1

    Why does Obama think he gets a free pass for all of his failures. It's Bush's fault, Europe's fault, the housing market's fault? Every president before him has had to deal with circumstances beyond their control and this baby doesn't know how to deal with them. Instead he cries "it's not my fault."

    June 14, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  10. Prakash Patel

    If you want previous eight years of Bush Presidency, vote for Mitt Romney. He is no different than Bush!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  11. judy

    lots have complained about the afforable health care act but most people are enjoying the benifits of it. Now insurance companies say they will keep p;parts of it even if it is voted down by the supreme court people need to take a real look at this without all the repo hupla and lies. Obama has worked hard to improve the lives of Americans with out any support from the repos. Every thing he has got passed has helped average people. Lilly lead better, DADT. more aid for our vets, His policies are geared toward the average guy. Wake up forward 2012

    June 14, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  12. philfugate

    I live in Dayton and Ohio is coming back. Most the young people I know are working overtime-a Union/Democrat Idea, Thank you-and coming back nicely. A local college poll saw over 80% of students are going to vote to re-elect the President.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  13. demwit

    Biotechnology, wind power and manufacturing.., millions of green jobs for the next generation!!

    June 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  14. OhioMark

    Obama speaks eloquently, but the words that come out of his mouth are cheap,

    June 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      Romney's words are not cheap they will cost the middle class dearly...if we go back to his GOP welfare for the rich.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  15. 2020

    Very proud of you, Mr. President, your vision is crystal clear on rebuilding a stronger middle class America. Got it right. appreciate your hard work and dedication to the oridinary 99%.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  16. C-Lo

    Jean-you want to play this little game of "who can google? " try this one http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1918/aug/x01.htm as more appropriate for "forward"

    June 17, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  17. Fransisco

    Palin killed. Without Palin, McCain's cpaamign would have fizzled for lack of money and enthusiasm. When McCain did rallies alone, he was lucky to get 1,000 people to come. Palin regularly drew crowds of 15,000 to 25,000, a number comparable to or exceeding Obama's own draw. The press didn't report this. One Northern Virginia rally attracted 25,000 supporters, and the Washington Post story on the rally focussed on the 28 protesters outside the rally. I think that you fail to differentiate this kind of conventional wisdom from reality.BTW, a Fordham University study ranked CBS/Times as the 2nd least reliable poll this election season, after Newsweek. Given the NYT jihad against Sarah Palin, it's laughable to offer the NYT as a reliable gauge for people's reaction.Furthermore, there's no precedent for saying that a VP nomination swung independent voters. As VP candidates, GHW Bush, Ferraro, Quayle, Bensten, Gore, Kemp, Lieberman, Cheney, and Edwards never budged independents a single percentage point. At best, they shored up wings of the party to make a workable cpaamign coalition. But all of a sudden, the NYT insists that the VP choice is driving away voters which is just plain idiotic, but altogether to be expected from the likes of the NYT. To say that the VP candidate had a negative impact on the cpaamign is remarkable.I repeat: The e2€œPalin was a mistakee2€9d position is simply untenable on any concrete analysis.

    August 1, 2012 at 4:21 am |