October 5th, 2012
05:08 PM ET
Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) - Appearing newly energized amid the release of a better-than-expected jobs report, President Obama touched down in rain-soaked Cleveland, Ohio Monday and warned that a President Romney would bring the country’s economic recovery to a halt.
“This morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office,” the president told a crowd that local officials say numbered 9,000. “More Americans entered the workforce. More people are getting jobs.”
The stop was the second of the president’s day. Earlier Friday, he rallied 2,000 supporters in Northern Virginia, delivering substantially the same remarks as those in Cleveland.
September 26th, 2012
10:45 AM ET
President Obama heads back to the Buckeye State for the lucky 13th time today. He'll have two campaign events on the road today. At the first one, he'll be speaking to the campus at Bowling Green State University and then later on in the afternoon, he'll be talking at Kent State University. The trip comes on the heels of a new poll suggesting the president's lead is widening in the crucial battleground state. It also comes six days before early voting starts in the state. We expect the president to make a particularly strong push for voter registration, as the deadline in Ohio is October 9. He'll return back to the White House later this evening.
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September 17th, 2012
02:32 PM ET
Cincinnati, OH (CNN) - The presidential campaign took on an international tone on Monday with both sides criticizing the other’s record on trade relations with China.
Just hours after the Romney campaign released a new ad promising to “crack down on cheaters like China,” President Obama announced at an outdoor rally here that his administration is launching a new enforcement action against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) for providing illegal subsidies on automotive exports.
September 3rd, 2012
02:48 PM ET
Toledo, OH (CNN) – President Obama spent Labor Day rallying autoworkers at a high school here, and just days after the start of college football season, he used football to push back against his republican opponent.
“After the convention Governor Romney came here to Ohio and he said he’s going to be the coach that leads America to a winning season,” Obama said. “The problem is everybody’s already seen his economic playbook. We know what’s in it.”
The president then took the cheering crowd of more than 3,000 people through four downs of Romney-ball. On “first down,” Obama said Romney would raise taxes on the average family by nearly $2,000.
August 21st, 2012
06:01 PM ET
COLUMBUS, OH (CNN) - President Barack Obama began a swing through the battleground states of Ohio and Nevada on Tuesday with a focus on education, slamming his Republican opponents for a budget he said would mean deep cuts to education programs and make college less affordable.
Speaking on a college campus in a state he won in 2008, the president touted his administration's efforts to make college more affordable through grants and tax credits and used his own biography to stress the importance of education.
"I'm only standing before you today because of the chance my education gave me," he told the crowd gathered on the quad at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. "So I can tell you, with some experience, that making higher education more affordable for our young people - it's something I've got a personal stake in."
July 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
(CNN) –– President Obama kicks off his two-day "Betting on America" campaign bus tour on Thursday heading to Toledo, Ohio. He'll spend the day in the battleground state campaigning on his commitment to economic growth and job creation.
He'll make three stops on Thursday in small towns in Ohio: Maumee, Sandusky, and Parma where he will speak with voters about his accomplishments in his three years in office, including the bailout of the auto industry.
“The President will also talk with voters in their communities about the choice in this election – whether we want to grow our economy from the middle out, not the top town,” the Obama campaign released in a statement. “The President is rebuilding an economy meant to last – one that restores middle class security by investing in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure and reforms the tax code - steps which will create American jobs, responsibly pay down our debt and ensure everyone – from Wall Street to Main Street – plays by the same rules and pays their fair share.”
He'll continue to hammer his Republican opponent Mitt Romney on his economic record and criticize him for outsourcing jobs.
June 14th, 2012
05:04 PM ET
Cleveland, Ohio (CNN) – As President Barack Obama found himself literally on opposite sides of Mitt Romney Thursday – the rivals were campaigning on either ends of battleground Ohio – he sought to frame the election as a choice between two dramatically disparate views on how to fix the economy.
"What's holding us back is a stalemate in Washington of two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. This election is your chance to break that stalemate," Obama said.
At only his second official campaign event this cycle, Obama told a vocal crowd gathered at Cuyahoga Community College that November "is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two paths for our country."
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March 20th, 2012
06:13 PM ET
Ohio is on a winning streak. Not only does it still have four teams left in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament but it has also elected the winning president in twelve consecutive elections. President Barack Obama knows just how important the Buckeye State is – he will be visiting it later this week – his nineteenth time since taking office.
"Ohio is a state that in some ways fits the averages very well and that means it's going to be a microcosm of the rest of the country," said political science professor Paul Beck at Ohio State University (OSU). "So they [Obama and Biden] are really going to spend a lot of time here."
Thursday, just hours before the intrastate battle between OSU and Cincinnati in Boston, President Obama will be on the Buckeyes campus in Columbus to deliver a speech on the administration's energy strategy. Mr. Obama likes the Buckeyes, he picked them to make it all the way to the Final Four. They are one of four Ohio teams still alive in the men’s basketball national championship. The others are Xavier, Cincinnati and Ohio University. According to the NCAA, it's the first time in tournament history that four teams from one state have made it to the Sweet 16.
This has the state's leader, Governor John Kasich, bursting with excitement. During a Cincinnati radio show on Monday, talk of basketball took the forefront, over taxes and oil exploration. "This is unbelievable.. I don’t care who gets there as long as one of us gets there," Kasich said giddily, referring to one of the Ohio teams possibly winning the championship. It may be hard for the republican governor to root for the other Ohio teams since he is a graduate of Ohio State but he claims he will be rooting for all of them.
The president and governor won't be alone in keeping an eye on Ohio. House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional district includes parts on Cincinnati, the home of Xavier University. "I’m thrilled that Ohio teams are doing so well in the NCAA tournament – especially my alma mater, Xavier. Go Musketeers!” Boehner said in a written statement.
Just last week, President Obama headed to Dayton, Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron to kick off the first day of the tournament. During a half time interview the president said he brought the prime minister to the game as a chance to see his very first basketball game but also "to see the great state of Ohio," adding "the heartland is what it's all about."
Voters in Ohio will have little control over whether a basketball championship trophy comes back to the state for the first time since 1962, but come November it certainly hopes to play a large role in deciding whether Obama gets to fill out another presidential basketball bracket.