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Monday, April 16, 2012

President Obama to visit Lorain County

President Barack Obama will visit Lorain Community College in Elyria on Wednesday and will deliver remarks on the economy at 2:30 p.m. at the College Center, the Lorain Morning Journal reports.

Obama also visited the college in 2010 as part of his White House to Main Street Tour.

It looks like the president again targets Ohio as a place to make news.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Lorain also is the home county for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who is up for re-election this year. Brown battles Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who won the Republican Party primary last month.

Obama’s campaign also opened up a campaign office last week in Mentor, so the president’s re-election campaign is in full swing in Northeast Ohio.

Lately, the president has also urged Congress to pass the Buffett Rule, which he says asks those who make more than $1 million a year to pay at least the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle class families — as a principle of fairness.

In a statement, the Republican National Committee blasted the president’s proposal.

“After nearly a full term in office, Barack Obama’s only economic message seems to be the Buffett Tax Hike which is nothing more than a shiny object that would fail to raise enough money to even fund the government for a day,” the statement said. “Instead of pushing a purely political gimmick that does nothing to put people back to work, Barack Obama should get serious addressing unacceptably high unemployment, rising costs at the pump, and increasing health care premiums that continue to weigh on Ohio family budgets.”

John Arthur Hutchison
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