It’s not all that often when the two major party
presidential candidates speak at nearly the same time within the same state.
But that was the case Thursday in Ohio as President Barack Obama
speak in Cleveland at Cuyahoga County Community College and former Massachusetts
addressed a crowd at a small business in Cincinnati.
Ohio will continue to be critical to both campaigns are
the two candidates battle for the state’s 18 electoral votes as part of the
required 270 needed to win.
Most presidential polls show Ohio as one of fewer than 10
states that are currently a toss-up — meaning neither Romney or Obama have a
significant lead within them.
Electoral college maps posted online by various media
outlets also show that Ohio is the second largest state still in play only
behind Florida with 29 electoral votes up for grabs. The majority of states are
considered to be solidly behind either Obama or Romney.
Romney finished up his remarks Thursday just before Obama
took the stage at about 1:45 p.m., the Associated Press reported.
A Romney campaign spokeswoman accused the president of
asking voters for a “do-over” on his campaign message that the private sector
is “doing fine”.
“But it’s going to take more than a major economic speech
to make Americans forget that President Obama has failed to deliver a major
economic recovery,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul
Obama argued that the November election is a chance to
break a stalemate in Washington that has put a damper on progress. He said that
both candidates have different fundamental views on which direction to take the
“What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington
between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should
take and this election is your chance to break that stalemate,” Obama said,
according to a speech transcript.
It is worth noting that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
R-Ohio, is from the Cincinnati area and has been mentioned by many as a
possible vice presidential choice for Romney.
Many political observers note that a vice presidential
candidate’s most important job initially is to help the presidential candidate
win that state.
Portman issued a statement shortly after Obama concluded
his remarks in Cleveland.
“Washington needs leadership to get the country back on
track by enacting pro-growth tax reform, regulatory relief and a new national
energy plan that uses our own resources in Ohio and around the country,”
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, co-chair of Obama for
America, also issued a statement after Obama’s speech.
“Ohioans know what’s at stake in this election, and it’s
clear that the path laid out by the President is the right course for America’s
economic future,” Strickland said.
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Lake County Coroner Dr. Lynn Smith
hosts a picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Painesville Elks Club. See Ronald Taddeo
n Bob Patterson
, candidate for Lake
County treasurer, fundraiser with special guest state Sen. John Eklund,
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 28 at Historic Perkins Estate in Mentor. See Sandy Patterson
Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik
annual golf outing, shotgun start at 1 p.m. June 29 at Briardale Greens Golf
Course, Euclid. See Beth Cervenik
or Michael Gallagher
Judge Mary Jane Trapp
District Court of Appeals Court, will host Night with the Captains at 6 p.m.
July 11 at Classic Park in Eastlake. See Mike Apicella
n David Fiebig
, candidate for Lake
County commissioner, golf outing July 13 at Black Brook golf course in Mentor
9:30 a.m., 5 p.m. dinner. See Dale Fellows
Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
eighth annual golf outing 8:30 a.m. shotgun start July 13 at Pine Ridge Golf
Course in Wickliffe. See Ted or Patricia Andrzejewski
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