Obama's "Betting on America" campaign bus tour
FILE//President Obama boards his bus last October during his last bus tour. He leaves on Thursday for a two-day campaign bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania.
July 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Obama's "Betting on America" campaign bus tour

(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.

"As a candidate for president, Romney’s economic plan blows a hole in the deficit with tax cuts for the wealthy, guts investments in education and clean energy, encourages outsourcing, and puts taxpayers at risk by rolling back Wall Street reform. According to independent economists, Romney’s economic plan would fail to create new jobs in the short-term, and even make our economy worse," the campaign statement continued.

The Obama for America campaign also started airing an ad this week in Ohio and eight other battleground states that attacks Romney's record on outsourcing.

President Obama carried Ohio in 2008 by four percentage points over John McCain.  Winning the state again is key to his re-election strategy. In a Quinnipiac poll released last week, 47% of registered voters supported Obama over 38% for Romney.

Meanwhile, the president will be holding a variety of events on his bus tour from a speech at an outdoor museum in Maumee, Ohio to an ice cream social in Sandusky, Ohio. He is also likely to make several unannounced stops at small towns along the way, much like he's done on past bus tours.

Topics: 2012 Election • Bus Tour • Ohio

soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. You'reJoking

    Betting? Betting? Betting on AMERICA? It isn't a game of chance Mr President and THAT is what's wrong with your leadership.
    What an attitude. "Ya win some, ya lose some" America needs to either vote this failure out or just move to China and be done with it!

    July 5, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  2. NCBob

    Betting on America? betting he can find enough idiots to vote for him.

    July 5, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  3. edmundburkeson

    Let's see, which campaign slogan should we use? I know! Let's use them all! Forward ... We Can't Wait ... Betting on America. One must ask with such a lack of direction and focus ... does it really matter? If I did bet it would be on America, but an America without Obama at the helm. This slogan is more fodder for Romney.

    July 5, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Howard

      BUS TOUR ??? ... well, Obama certainly has experience at throwing people under the bus !!!

      July 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        And he has experience taking tours. It's too bad he doesn't have any when it comes to economics.

        July 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • mike NY

      Here what the Republicans have worked on : Monica Lewinski, Clinton Impeachment, Terri Schiavo, Elian Gonzalez, Bush v Gore, Birthers, Henry Louis Gates arrest, Socialism, ACORN, Anti- First Lady’s anti Obesity program, You Lie!, Obamacare, Mandate, It’s a Tax, President shouldn’t speak at schools, Ground Zero Mosque, No Sharia Law, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, Charles Rangle, Saddam Hussien, Birth Control, Abortion, Planned Parenthood, No to Libiya, Yes to Syria….How about jobs!

      July 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Reality called, it wants you back mike.

        July 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        The Republicans did not 'work on' Monica Lewinski, that was Bill Clinton.

        Hillary blamed it all on a "Vast right-wing conspiracy." After she found out the truth did she apologize? No, typical Liberal hypocrite.

        July 7, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      You wouldn't put the shuck on me would you? If you are betting on Amarica what the H*ll do we need Obama Care for??

      July 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        So, you think it's all right that your, Mr. Mitt's investments constitued a BET AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR?? Are you doing the same with your investments and you are trying to cover for it, too??
        And, do you use the same insider trading, tax-evasion loopholes and the SAME CHANNELS to hide your money that the most wanted criminals, thieves, trafficers of drugs, women and children AND LOW-LIFE TERRORISTS (that includes Wall Street) use??
        Betting on bad behaviour – I'm betting that Mr. Mitt and maybe you, will go down as scum in the Hall of Shame. Instead of leading the people of America, they'll be leading you – to prison while the rest of us throw rocks and eggs.

        July 7, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • LT Fang

      Romney: restore our future, by betting in Cayman!

      July 6, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • marine1978

      Where have I heard that slogan 'forward' from? Oh yea it was on posters all over the old U.S.S. R. to invoke their citizens to greater feats.

      July 8, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Oh, so you're a Russian? If you are really a marine you wouldn't be afraid of A WORD. So, you must be a KGB Troll.

        July 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  4. DEcember 2012



    July 5, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  5. Obama Sucks

    Obama is betting on America.. in the same way his fellow Chicagoan White Sox did in the 1919 World Series?

    July 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  6. jean2009

    Well edmund it seems the only ones Romney is betting on are the well-heeled.

    I think FORWARD...BETTiNG ON AMERICA! Is focused and looking to the future for everyone and much preferable to more outsourcing and more Rethugliklan lies.

    Mittens can't even take credit for his accomplishments, lies about his vulture capitalism . I don't know how the exporter of American dreams can keep a straight face with his flip-flop on health care.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • jerry

      its the well healed that got obama elected the first time...big pharma, big medicine, wall street, and banking...idiot!

      July 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Howard

      Betting on America ??? ... For 3 1/2 years, Obama has been gambling with what other Americans have sweated a lifetime to build.

      July 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        While Mitt got rich OUTSOURCING YOUR JOB!

        July 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Jay in NC

      "Betting on America" is just another way of saying I don't have a clue what I am doing so let's roll the dice. Wooooo, baby, put it all on number 12.

      July 7, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • Nur

      CC, I don't consider a fetus to even be a full psoren until it's viable outside the womb. Based on statements of various old prophets and the answer to Nephi's prayer, I don't believe that the spirit is fully invested in a developing fetus to begin with. Which makes the issue less a moral issue and more of a medical issue.Sorry, but when the fetus is at VERY early development stages, it's not a psoren. It's a tadpole. And I'm just not going to get overly outraged about aborting it. I frankly consider the position that aborting a tadpole, or a clump of cells, is murder to be rather ridiculous. To equate such deaths to dead soldiers in Iraq is misguided and silly.Late term abortion is another matter for me. But then again, Roe v. Wade makes that distinction too (however clumsily). So, I just don't see there being much at stake on the abortion issue really.If I had my druthers, I'd like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and thrown back to the states to fight over. But I don't really care THAT much. Not as much as I care about the housing crisis, for instance.I oppose partial birth abortion, but then again, so did just about everyone in Congress on both sides of the aisle. So again, I just don't see a Democrat danger. This is why abortion is, as a practical matter, a non-issue for me in the voting booth.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Manuel

      I heard you on WRKO in Boston this morning. I aapupld what you are doing and I firmly believe BHO is a fraud. I was curious though how he ever got a driver's license. Don't you need a BC to prove your DOB for a license? I'm not aware that the DMV would accept anything else. You can't even join Little League w/o one today.

      August 1, 2012 at 3:22 am |
  7. tibs

    Trickle down isnt a theory, its a fact. By definition, no one can spend or aquire wealth in a capitialist society without everyone benefiting.

    Steve Jobs wealth trickled down to all his employees and everyone with an ipod. The middle class was creating by entrepreneurs pursuing a profit, by creating a product or service that benefited people and getting rich doing it.

    We all should be paying less taxes, including the rich. We have an oversized government who takes money out of the economy through taxation and inflation.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      Well Tibs....This article by David Stockman who was Ronald Reagan's Director of Budget and Management seems to contradict you. He clearly points out how Trickle Down econmics as used by Reagan, Bush I and Bush II are ressponsible for tanked the economy, esculated the federal deficit, and killed the middle-class.


      July 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
      • jerry

        oh really...the failure of govt regulation in banking and securities had nothing to do with it? Come on now, learn to think for yourself.

        July 6, 2012 at 12:04 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        And Jerry, you know HOW MUCH the Republicans HATE REGULATIONS – loose or otherwise. They told us over and over, how the Banks and Wall Street will self-regulate. Even looked the other way while the banks were PAYING Standard and Poor for giving them AAA ratings for junk and air-money. Hmmmmmm.

        July 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • jean2009

      Tibs: Here is another source for the David Stockman article....he should know.


      July 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      My goodness! tibs is actually making sense. We can't have that! Take it back!

      July 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Fred

      its amazing how trickel down theory never works during a democratic administration, but works miracles during a conservative administration.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Another brain-teaser coming from Glenn Beckistan. Bet, you're not good at finding your way out of a paper sack either, genius.

        July 7, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  8. RealityBites

    "Betting on America" – Print trillions of dollars to mantain a life sytle that future generations will envy while paying for it..., Wikipebama

    July 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  9. Kiss

    "betting on America" That's hilarious considering his bus was made in Canada

    July 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • jean2009

      A.) He did not buy the buses, and it is not his bus, it belongs to the American people.
      B.) Two buses were let for bid by the federal government to meet certain requirements by the Office of Procurement, and were purchased from the lowest bidder to transport each party's candidate.
      C.) The buses were customized to fit the security requirements of the Secret Service by a company in Tennessee.

      July 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        If the bus belongs to me, how come it's never been in my driveway? Save your nonsensical ravings for the DailyKos, of which you're a proud member.

        July 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Beause that's where your Motor Home made in Canada is sitting

        July 7, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • jean2009


      The government bid for the buses was placed with the company in Tennessee, which had the buses build by the Canadian company, and then they were customized in Tennessee.

      July 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Yes, but when a PRIVATE VENTURE does it it's called outsourcing and is bad.

        July 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Cynthai L.

        Yes, C Lo. it's bad when they pretend they 'care' about American jobs....Hello?....anybody there??? Doesn't matter who does it if you shop at Wal-Mart.

        July 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  10. hammer

    He needs to go to Chicago with other black leaders and try to stop the young people from killing each other.Its a shame he never saids anything on the subject.Being the first black President it seem like he could get the other black leaders to focus on this problem.

    July 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • jerry

      Detroit too...where 80% are black... I just wonder what community organizing he did do..or was this phony too like his books...to create a persona out of a non-person.

      July 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        The only phony around is you, with your stupid unintelligent posturing.

        July 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • jerry

        truth hurts don't it Jean? obama has done nothing for anyone but himself...its all about power and feeding his narcissistic sociopathic ego. He is one sick sick man.

        July 6, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Fred

      Spent 10 months in Chicago. Its interesting to see what Obama left behind. Gun laws keep law abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and drove ammunition prices into lunacy, but its done nothing to stop the black on black violent gun crime. And Obama did a great job leaving slums behind for the economically trodden to slowly erode in.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  11. jerry

    oh...this bus was made in Canada...drives to locations while obama flys in and acts like he is traveling the country...all fake and photo pop like his term in office both as president, state senator, and us senator...fake

    July 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  12. Ralph100

    Obama bought two campaign buses last year when Republicans first started campaigning in Iowa. He paid over three million dollars for the buses and used them about two days. According to Obama the buses would be used by him and the Republican candidate to campaign in. So, far the buses have been parked somewhere while Obama flies all over the country campaigning for donations. Now he is going to use both buses again for a couple days. When does Republicans get to use these three million dollar buses Obama is a liar and thief. If he cares about wasting tax dollars he sure doesn't show it. He can't stop the spending because the money isn't his.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      Ralphie...read reply to "kiss" above.

      July 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • jerry

      and the funny thing is some people actually buy obamas fake posturing...he could not even write a book without twisting the facts and lying....trying so hard to create this persona the leftist and America haters will love...all phony.... just a few more months and this guy will be the new jimmy carter...a relic in history of incompetence and foolishness.

      July 6, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  13. Jonquil

    It's actually a good catch phrase because it reminds people that The American Middle Class is worth the risk of investment. We invested in those at the top, as a way of stopping a financial catastrophe, immediately following the 2008 crash and now, it's time to invest everywhere else. This is not "punishment" for rich people, it's strategic investment for all of us.

    Mit Romney would continue investing our shared wealth, in ways that only excessively benefit a small minority of those at the top, sealed-off in a tight pool of individuals bouncing our wealth around and making more money for themselves off it. But we need to share, spread some of the wealth around and see what we can get growing from it. We can't throw all our coins in one pot (high end investors, Wall Street, financial institutions and their benefactors interests) and hope that pot doesn't crash.

    July 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  14. J. Bielot

    Would tour be on the bus that the Obama administration bought from Canada and in which Obama will ceasely castigate Romney for "outsourcing" jobs in a private industry firm? That bus tour?

    July 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  15. Fred

    Obama betting on America? Like Pete Rose betting....? Great, now he's gampling with our money. On the positive side, his jobs record has become positive for batteling illegal immigration. Unemployment in Mexica is about half that of the US, so many illegal immigrants are returning home for work.

    July 6, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  16. Kool-Aid Police

    Obama loves to bet and doesn't care if he loses because he plays with taxpayer money.

    July 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  17. hoclerk

    It should be Obama's "Let me bet with your future" tour. This incompetent clown will destroy this country if allowed to continue down his destructive path.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      While Mitt BETS AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR! Will he raid our Treasury when president? CHA-CHING!!

      July 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  18. RS, CA

    I know! Everyone is so upset that Romney dares to run for president because he has money - the nerve! So - let's go downtown, pick up the most pathetic hobo we can find and elect him to the highest office in the land. After all, "he knows how it feels." I was hoping for Rodney King somewhere along the way - but alas, he ended up at the bottom of the pool!

    July 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Nobody cares that Mitt is rich – IT"S HOW HE MADE HIMSELF RICHER!! Everytime someone points out a fact like that – y'all hit the snooze button. To your peril.

      July 7, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • marine1978

        He made his money the same as everyone. You dems cry about Mitt and his money but you never point out some interesting facts....Kevin Leary does the same kind of business and everyone just loves him on "Shark Tank". Mitt gave almost $25 million to charties. Binden gave less than $400 and Obama didn't give much either nor did any of the other top dems. You rant about Bain Capital but his company saved my sister's job at Staples and because of that she got a big promotion and is now working in the U.K. for Staples.

        July 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Sorry, Marine, Mitt did not make most of his money the same way most Americans make it. He got rich by unethical practices, such as money made through shady dealings and barely legal if not outright illegal transactions.
        When the truth comes out will you support Ron Paul the second runner-up??

        July 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • Stuart R

        You sound brainwashed, not stupid, just caught up in the party scam. Both parties are corrupt. You think George Soros is a saint? You think Michael Moore hasn't taken advantage of offshore investments? PLEASE Cynthia, having a D after your name does not make one immaculate and having an R does not make one a criminal. You have fallen into the trap the parties hope you stay in. There are good Republicans and bad Democrats but I guarantee you the parties themselves are corrupt to the core. Stop being used. Lets work together to clean up our government no matter which party the corrupt are affiliated with, because you know there are rotten eggs in both parties.

        July 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  19. Patty

    Mr. Obama has money. The problem is he is using our money to legislate his progressive and liberal agenda. I don't want to give the government as much of my hard earned money as I take home. I don't live for the government. We need a LEGAL american president who respects the constitution, who protects our borders from the infiltration of terrorists, and who knows how to create an environment for a strong economy with jobs for everyone. Get the American dollars out of China and every other country and Bring the American dollars home so all Americans can go to work and live in a free protected country.

    July 7, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Stuart R

      Well said, I couldn't agree more.

      July 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  20. Lizzie

    So first it was HOPE AND CHANGE, then it as FORWARD now it's Betting on America, can't Axelrod make up his mind or is he to focused on throwing out lies about opponents or running the campaign for Duckworth with dead fish R.E.

    July 7, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  21. BOB

    I've always wondered about Romney's claim to be a business man! If for the last 10 yrs at least his finances are run through a blind trust when most of his money was created how can he claim to be a business man???

    July 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Cynthai L.

      It's just blind to the people who need to know. Thanks for thinking Bob, wish more people did.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  22. Mark Kirchmeier

    I applaude President Obama's opposition on Romney on the Bush tax cuts. One example here of what
    a progressive local tax idea. http://www.blueoregon.com/2009/06/finally-a-refreshingly-honest-beer

    July 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  23. Stuart R

    Look at us arguing and over what? What do we really know about Barack Obama? Not much, and the same holds true for Mitt Romney. Philosophers from Jesus Christ to Sun Tzu have instructed us that in order to defeat an enemy you keep them divided from the inside. "Divide and conquer." We have been successfully divided by our so called leaders by splitting us into two "parties" Democrats and Republicans. The parties are a scam. When we unite as Americans we are invincible. We all want the same things, clean air and clean water, prosperity, safe neighborhoods and the freedom to pursue our dreams.

    When we argue over gay rights, women's rights and illegal immigration nothing chances inside the corrupt government. Therein lies our real problem, both parties are corrupt which translates into a corrupt government. We ask for term limits. We have term limits, we elect every member of the house every two years. The problem is over 90% of incumbents are reelected. We've been duped into believing getting money from the federal government is a good thing. The federal government has nothing to give without first having stolen it from us, the taxpayers. So they further divide us into rich and poor.

    Why turn over your hard earned wages to the government only to beg to get it back in the form of "benefits"? Wake up! It's your money, keep it and spend it the way you see fit and stop looking to thieves to support you.

    It's a sad reality but our real enemies are not in the caves of Afghanistan, they wear $5,000 suits and walk the halls of congress. They are slick liars in bed with corrupt corporate fat cats because we keep them in office for decades rather than cleaning house every two years. Think about it. If we never reelect anyone the corrupt relationships would not have time to form. That alone would end lobbying as we know it.

    We have the power if we stop fighting amongst ourselves and unite behind the idea of cleaning up our government by reelecting no one, voter imposed term limits. When was the last time you read the Constitution? It's only one page long and takes only fifteen minutes to read. According to the blueprint for our republic we elect public servants not leaders. They work for us, we are the kings and queens. They have turned our system on its head but we can turn it back right-side-up, but only if we stop falling for the two party scam and stop fighting amongst ourselves over issues that will not correct what is wrong with our government.

    Reelect no one. Clean out the house and one third of the senate every two years and elect a new president every four years. Make them do our bidding rather than allowing them to rule over us. It's real simple, either our government lives in fear of the voters or we all live in fear of our government. I think it's obvious which way it is now. You want change? Reelect no one and take the power back to the people.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm |