The Battle for Ohio: Can Obama Keep His Lead?

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President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 7, 2012

Cleveland

Barack Obama’s soggy supporters looked grim as they waited for the President in a cold sideways rain. Many had been huddled for hours without umbrellas, droplets beading on their skimpy ponchos and drenching the AstroTurf on Cleveland State University’s soccer field. “I know everybody is a little wet,” Obama acknowledged when he took the makeshift stage. “I want to thank everybody who’s up there in the stands. We appreciate you.” The applause was muted. The crowd may have arrived fired up and ready to go, but the rain had doused some of the enthusiasm.

As have four bumpy years and a long, joyless campaign. As the presidential race enters the homestretch, Obama isn’t trying to replicate the poetry of his 2008 run. The President’s re-election bid is all gritty prose, a tactical battle to outorganize and outwork Mitt Romney in the handful of states that matter.

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Which is why Obama was in Cleveland on a wet and chilly Friday afternoon in October. No Republican has won the White House without carrying Ohio, and it’s unlikely Mitt Romney will be the exception. Obama has clung to a narrow but consistent lead here throughout the fall. Now, in the wake of a rocky first debate that has galvanized Romney’s supporters, he is fighting to hang on.

The visit to Cleveland State, Obama’s 14th trip to Ohio this year, was the third of four stops Obama will make at Ohio college campuses in the span of two weeks, and it’s perhaps the most important. Cuyahoga County is the most populous in Ohio, a Democratic stronghold with the biggest African-American population in the state. For Democrats, winning Ohio requires racking up votes in the state’s northeastern corner, a swath of rusting manufacturing cities like Cleveland and Youngstown with large minority populations and lots of union households, where Obama’s manufacturing message and rescue of the auto industry loom large.

Beginning with Bill Clinton in 1992, each of the party’s presidential nominees has amassed at least a 10-point advantage in this corner of Ohio. An Ohio newspaper poll in late September showed Obama with a 16-point edge over Romney in northeastern Ohio. But both sides are fighting for every vote. In the three-week span ending Sept. 30, the Cleveland area was the recipient of more television advertising than any other media market in the country save for Denver and Las Vegas. Obama and Democratic allies were responsible for 57% of the 6,500-odd ads. “This is a pivotal part of the state,” says Jen Psaki, Obama’s campaign spokeswoman. Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to tamp down the President’s advantage by targeting the area’s more conservative suburbs. On Friday, the Romney campaign unveiled a new TV ad that takes aim at Obama’s manufacturing record, and the candidate will make his own stop in northern Ohio on Tuesday.

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Fresh surveys have yet to reveal whether Romney’s superior debate performance will translate to a shift in the polls, but Ohio is as close to a must-win as it gets for the Republican. Obama’s campaign claims it’s the test of Romney’s entire candidacy. “That’s the measure. Is he going to take the lead in Ohio?” Obama senior adviser David Plouffe told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One. “If he doesn’t, he’s not going to be President.”

The President’s team believes it has an edge in the Buckeye State, where 1 in 8 jobs is linked to the auto industry. With Obama dominating Cuyahoga County in 2008, his campaign has beefed up its infrastructure here. One of Obama’s four campaign offices situated in the county in 2008 remained open throughout his term, the only one statewide to do so, and the total number countywide has doubled, to eight. “We expect to do well there, but we’re not taking anything for granted,” says an Obama campaign staffer based in Ohio.

One of the keys will be nudging supporters to the polls for early voting, which began on Oct. 2. In Cuyahoga County, first-day numbers were “phenomenal,” Jessica Kershaw, Obama’s Ohio press secretary, wrote in an e-mail to TIME; more than three times as many Ohioans voted on the day the polls opened as did in 2008. A few even spent the previous night in tents outside the Board of Elections to be among the first in line.

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In Cleveland, Obama’s advance team hung its message in white block letters over the stadium bleachers: V-O-T-E E-A-R-L-Y. If that wasn’t enough, Obama began his remarks with the same exhortation. “Before I begin, Ohio, I just have one question: Are you registered to vote? Because if you’re not … you’ve got four days left.  If you are, you can vote right now.”

Clad in a dark overcoat as the rain hammered the crowd, Obama touted the favorable jobs report released Friday morning, which indicated that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8%, the lowest during his Administration. But unlike a prior stop Friday in Virginia, where a fiery President — jaw set, sleeves rolled, gripping the rostrum hard — rattled off a barrage of one-liners and whipped the crowd into a fervor, in Ohio he made a plea for further sacrifice.

“Here’s the bottom line, Ohio: We’ve got more work to do,” he said. “You’ve got to step up. And I know I’m preaching to the choir here, because you all are standing in the rain. But a little rain never hurt anybody. Some of these policies from the other side could hurt a whole lot of folks.”

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George Lombard
George Lombard

Obama has the "lead" is most likely a reference to metalurgy.

Yeshuratnam
Yeshuratnam

Obama's lead will plummet when Ohio voters learn more about Romney's views on foreign policy. Liberal

media columnists and Team Obama are misleading American people by saying that

Romney, like Bush, will drag the country into a war. Democratic presidents were

responsible for major wars -- Roosevelt in WW II, Truman in Korean War, Kennedy

and Johnson in Vietnam War and Clinton in Serbian War. Bush was forced to

retaliate for the terrorist 9/11 attacks. Romney is not interested in any war.

In Syria he does not want America’s direct intervention. His idea is to help

Turkey and the rebels. His plan to strengthen the military is to have a strong

America at a time when Putin, Ahmadenejad, Hu Jintao are upgrading their

weapons and equipment. . Putin said recently that Russia must have a powerful army to counter the foreign

powers’ efforts in creating tension near Russian borders.   Last June, a number of Russian strategic

nuclear bombers conducted a training operation in the Arctic without notifying the U.S. The

following month, a Bear H Strategic bomber actually entered into U.S. airspace

off of California, prompting U.S. jet interceptors to scramble to meet the

bomber and force it to turn back. 

Then in August, there were reports that a Russian Akula-class attack

submarine armed with missiles had patrolled undetected for a month in the Gulf

of Mexico. According to various sources, the submarine had gotten near

the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic submarine fleet based at Naval Submarine Base Kings

Bay on the coast of southern Georgia. Iraqi Prime Minister

Nuri al- Maliki made a statement that his country would strengthen military and

energy ties with Russia.  Putin met the Chinese leaders and assured them that   Russia

would cement its military alliance with China, including an increase in joint

exercises in the Asia-Pacific.  Romney,

unlike Obama, has correctly understood the geopolitical situation today and has

recommended a strong military as a standby and not for a war.

 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 His sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson wants a war with Iran as do his advisers Dan Senor and John Bolton. He'll cave like the spineless shellfish that he is.

Orlando_voter
Orlando_voter

Does Mitt the Twitt plan on giving the 47% he already wrote off a tax bracket that rivals his own?  No, and if he did, the economy would tank.  Mitt was against the middle class until he was for it, against women's reproductive rights until yesterday. He is the etch-a-sketch man, as his campaign talking head pronounced during the primaries.  If you all want a man with no moral convictions who sees women as second class, he's your guy.  

eviltaxpayer
eviltaxpayer

The question should be;

 "Can the obama media coninue to distract the idiot voters to not realize the economy and obamas countless failures."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Can Romney continue fooling mouth breathers into thinking that his policies are somehow different than Bush's?

Wolfgang W Halbig
Wolfgang W Halbig

Wolfgang W Halbig3 hours ago · In the four years I have been gathering information about and evidence against Barack Hussein Obama, I have encountered hundreds of coincidences that strike me as amazing. None of those coincidences, by themselves, may mean much. But taken as a whole it is almost impossible to believe they were all the result of chance. Consider the Obama-related coincidences:Obama just happened to know 1960s far-left radical revolutionary William Ayers, whose father just happened to be Thomas Ayers, who just happened to be a close friend of Obama™s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who just happened to work at the communist-sympathizing Chicago Defender with Vernon Jarrett, who just happened to later become the father-in-law of Iranian-born leftist Valerie Jarrett, who Obama just happened to choose as his closest White House advisor, and who just happened to have been CEO of Habitat Company, which just happened to manage public housing in Chicago, which just happened to get millions of dollars from the Illinois state legislature, and which just happened not to properly maintain the housing”which eventually just happened to require demolition.Valerie Jarrett also just happened to work for the city of Chicago, and just happened to hire Michelle LaVaughan Robinson (later Obama), who just happened to have worked at the Sidley Austin law firm, where former fugitive from the FBI Bernardine Dohrn also just happened to work, and where Barack Obama just happened to get a summer job.Bernardine Dohrn just happened to be married to William Ayers, with whom she just happened to have hid from the FBI at a San Francisco marina, along with Donald Warden, who just happened to change his name to Khalid al-Mansour, and Warden/al-Mansour just happened to be a mentor of Black Panther Party founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and a close associate of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and al-Mansour just happened to be financial adviser to a Saudi Prince, who just happened to donate cash to Harvard, for which Obama just happened to get a critical letter of recommendation from Percy Sutton, who just happened to have been the attorney for Malcolm X, who just happened to know Kenyan politician Tom Mboya, who just happened to be a close friend of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., who just happened to meet Malcolm X when he traveled to Kenya.Obama, Sr. just happened to have his education at the University of Hawaii paid for by the Laubach Literacy Institute, which just happened to have been supported by Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, who just happened to bea friend of Malcolm X, who just happened to have been associated with the nation of Islam, which was later headed by Louis Farrakhan, who just happens to live very close to Obama™s Chicago mansion, which also just happens to be located very close to the residence of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who just happen to have been occasional baby-sitters for Malia and Natasha Obama, whose parents just happen not to mind exposing their daughters to bomb-making communists.After attending Occidental College and Columbia University, where he just happened to have foreign Muslim roommates, Obama moved to Chicago to work for the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organization that just happened to have been founded by Marxist and radical agitator Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, who just happened to be the topic of Hillary Rodham Clinton™s thesis at Wellesley College, and Obama™s $25,000 salary at IAF just happened to be funded by a grant from the Woods Fund, which was founded by the Woods family, whose Sahara Coal company just happened to provide coal to Commonwealth Edison, whose CEO just happened to be Thomas Ayers, whose son William Ayers just happened to serve on the board of the Woods Fund, along with Obama.Obama also worked on voter registration drives in Chicago in the 1980s and just happened to work with leftist political groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and Socialist International (SI), through which Obama met Carl Davidson, who just happened to travel to Cuba during the Vietnam War to sabotage the U.S. war effort, and who just happened to be a former member of the SDS and a member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, which just happened to sponsor a 2002 anti-war rally at which Obama spoke, and which just happened to have been organized by Marilyn Katz, a former SDS activist and later public relations consultant who just happened to be a long-time friend of Obama™s political hatchet man, David Axelrod.Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), whose pastor was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a fiery orator who just happened to preach Marxism and Black Liberation Theology and who delivered anti-white, anti-Jew, and anti-American sermons, which Obama just happened never to hear because he just happened to miss church only on the days when Wright was at his most enthusiastic,� and Obama just happened never to notice that Oprah Winfrey left the church because it was too radical, and just happened never to notice that the church gave the vile anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award.Although no one had ever heard of him at the time, Obama just happened to receive an impossible-to-believe $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations, which he just happened to fail to write while using the cash to vacation in Bali with his wife Michelle, and despite his record of non-writing he just happened to receive a second advance, for $40,000, from another publisher, and he eventually completed a manuscript calledDreams From My Father, which just happened to strongly reflect the writing style of William Ayers, who just happened to trample on an American flag for the cover photograph of the popular Chicago magazine, which Obama just happened never to see even though it appeared on newsstands throughout the city.Obama was hired by the law firm Miner, Banhill and Galland, which just happened to specialize in negotiating state government contracts to develop low-income housing, and which just happened to deal with now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and his firm Rezar, and with slum lord Valerie Jarrett, and the law firm™s Judson Miner just happened to have been a classmate of Bernardine Dohrn, wife of William Ayers.In 1994 Obama represented ACORN and another plaintiff in a lawsuit against Citibank for denying mortgages to blacks (Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank), and the lawsuit just happened to result in banks being blackmailed into approving subprime loans for poor credit risks, a trend which just happened to spread nationwide, and which just happened to lead to the collapse of the housing bubble, which just happened to help Obama defeat John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.In 1996 Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate and joined the New Party,� which just happened to promote Marxism, and Obama was supported by Dr. Quentin Yong, a socialist who just happened to support a government takeover of the health care system.In late 1999 Obama purportedly engaged in homosexual activities and cocaine-snorting in the back of a limousine with a man named Larry Sinclair, who claims he was contacted in late 2007 by Donald Young, who just happened to be the gay choir director of Obama™s Chicago church and who shared information with Sinclair about Obama, and Young just happened to be murdered on December 23, 2007, just weeks after Larry Bland, another gay member of the church, just happened to be murdered, and both murders just happened to have never been solved. In 2008 Sinclair held a press conference to discuss his claims, and just happened to be arrested immediately after the event, based on a warrant issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who just happens to be the son of Joe Biden.In 2003 Obama and his wife attended a dinner in honor of Rashid Khalidi, who just happened to be a former PLO operative, harsh critic of Israel, and advocate of Palestinian rights, and who Obama claims he does not know, even though the Obamas just happened to have dined more than once at the home of Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and just happened to have used them as occasional baby-sitters. Obama reportedly praised Khalidi at the decidedly anti-Semitic event, which William Ayers just happened to also attend, and the event Obama pretends he never attended was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network, to which Obama just happened to have funneled cash while serving on the board of the Woods Fund with William Ayers, and one speaker at the dinner remarked that if Palestinians cannot secure a return of their land, Israel will never see a day of peace,� and entertainment at the dinner included a Muslim children™s dance whose performances just happened to include simulated beheadings with fake swords, and stomping on American, Israeli, and British flags, and Obama allegedly told the audience that Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine� and there has been genocide against the Palestinian people by (the) Israelis,� and the Los Angeles Times has a videotape of the event but just happens to refuse to make it public.In the 2004 Illinois Democrat primary race for the U.S. Senate, front-runner Blair Hull just happened to be forced out of the race after David Axelrod just happened to manage to get Hull™s sealed divorce records unsealed, which just happened to enable Obama to win the primary, so he could face popular Republican Jack Ryan, whose sealed child custody records from his divorce just happened to become unsealed, forcing Ryan to withdraw from the race, which just happened to enable the unqualified Obama to waltz into the U.S. Senate, where, after a mere 143 days of work, he just happened to decide he was qualified to run for President of the United States.Obama just happened to save $300,000 on the purchase of a $1.65 million Chicago mansion for which he deposited only $1,000 in earnest money, while the seller™s adjacent empty lot which was appraised at no more than $500,000 just happened to be sold at the inflated price of $625,000 to Rita Rezko, who just happened to earn only $37,000 per year working for Cook County government, and who just happened to be married to Tony Rezko, who just happened to be Obama™s main money man for his political campaigns, and who only days before the Obama mansion purchase just happened to obtain a $3.5 million loan from wealthy Iraqi Nadhmi Auchi, who just happened to have been kicked out of Iraq, and who just happened to have been convicted of corruption charges in France, and who just happened to ask Rezko to ask then-U.S. Senator Obama to help him obtain a visa to travel to the United States.Rita Rezko just happened to borrow the money for the $625,000 empty lot from the Mutual Bank of Harvey, which just happened to be run by Tony Rezko™s pal Amrish Mahajan, whose wife Anita just happened to have been charged with fraudulently receiving $2 million in Illinois taxpayer dollars for drug tests never performed by her company, K. K. Bio-Science,which just happened to have a no-bid contract with the state, and whose computers just happened to disappear right before investigators arrived to take them away for evidence.Obama just happened to obtain a $1.32 million mortgage for his mansion even though the payments of $8,000 per month (plus at least $1,500 per month in property taxes) exceeded 50 percent of his $162,100 U.S Senate salary income, and even though Michelle Obama was claiming that she and her husband were still paying off substantial student loans and were struggling to pay for piano lessons for their daughters, one of whom just happens to look remarkably like one of the daughters of Malcolm X.Obama just happened to obtain his mansion mortgage from Northern Trust Bank, whose Board of Directors just happened to include Susan Crown, who just happened to be part of the wealthy Crown family, which just happened to donate to Obamas campaigns, and which just happened to have ownership in defense contractor General Dynamics Corporation, and the Crown family just happened to sit on the board of energy company Exelon, formerly known as Commonwealth Edison, which just happened to have had Thomas Ayers as its CEO, and the Crown family also owned the Maytag appliance company, which just happened to move its operations to Mexico, after its employees just happened to donate to Obamas campaign, after he just happened to pledge that he would keep their jobs in Galesburg, Illinois.In June 2005, just months after Obama became a U.S. Senator, Michelle Obama just happened to be named a non-executive director� of the board of TreeHouse Foods, a supplier of Wal-Mart, for a salary of $51,200 in 2005 and $101,083 in 2006, and she just happened to be given 7,500 TreeHouse stock options, worth approximately $72,375, even though she just happened to know nothing about the private sector or running a business.In 2006 Obama pushed for a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago, and his wife Michelle just happened to be promoted to Vice-President of Community and External Affairs for the hospitals with a salary increase from $121,900 to $316,962, and she just happened to receive public relations help from Obamas now political strategist David Axelrod, whose mother just happened to write for a Communist newspaper.In 2006, Sarah P. Herlihy, an associate of the Chicago law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, whose employees later contributed $87,722 to Obamas presidential campaign, and whose partner Bruce I. Ettleson just happened to be a member of Obamas campaign finance committee, just happened to write a paper calling for the elimination of the natural born citizen requirement in the U.S. Constitution.Obama just happened to visit Kenya in 2006 to support his cousin, Raila Odinga, a Muslim socialist candidate for president, who just happened to have ties to both al-Qaeda and Libya™s Muammar Qaddafi, and who just happened to have been educated in communist East Germany, and who just happened to name his son Fidel, and who just happened to plan on establishing Shari™ah Muslim law in Kenya, and whose activities prompted the Kenyan government to lodge an official protest of Obama™s passport abuse and misconduct, and Obama™s actions just happened to have been denounced by the U.S. State Department as being in direct opposition to U. S. National Security, and after Odinga, for whom Obama just happened to have raised $950,000, lost the election, his Muslim followers just happened to burn Christian women and children alive..in a church where they had sought refuge.In 2006 Obama endorsed Alexi Giannoulias in his race for Illinois State Treasurer and stated that he is one of the most outstanding young men I could ever hope to meet even though Giannoulias just happened to be only 29 years old and even though his familys Broadway Bank, just happened to finance Chicago crime figures like Michael Jaws Giorango, a Chicago thug with convictions for bookmaking and promoting prostitution, and even though virtually all of Chicago™s Democrat politicians were keeping their distance from Giannoulias, whose reputation was so questionable, he even failed to get the endorsement of the Chicago Democrat Party”which just happens to almost never be concerned about questionable reputations.Obamas mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, once worked for the Ford Foundations Asia program, which just happened to be run by Peter Geithner, who just happened to be the father of Timothy Geithner, who just happened to neglect to pay Social Security taxes on much of his income, which just happened to somehow qualify him to be Obamas Treasury Secretary. During the 2008 campaign Obama™s passport records just happened to have been illegally searched by an employee of a firm headed by John O. Brennan, and Lt. Quarles Harris, Jr., who was cooperating with federal investigators in connection with the incident, just happened to be found with a bullet in his head, and the murder just happened never to be solved, and Obama later just happened to make Brennan his terrorism and intelligence advisor.On election night in 2008 in Chicagos Grant Park, Obama just happened to wear a black suit and a red tie, and his older daughter just happened to wear a red dress, and his younger daughter just happened to wear a stark black dress, and his wife Michelle just happened to wear an arguably unattractive black dress that appeared to have a giant red X design, which just happened to prompt some to wonder if their clothing just happened to denote black power, communism, and Malcolm X, and at the very least prompted others to wonder why anyone would have his daughter wear a jet-black dress for a celebratory occasion”or where one could even just happen to find a store that sells black dresses for little girls.From election night forward there are hundreds of other 'just happened's, not the least of which is the long-form birth certificate released by Obama in April 2011 which just happened to consist of multiple image layers, including various objects which can be separated and rotated with computer software”which just happens to be impossible if a birth certificate is merely scanned and not computer-constructed by a forger.Oh, and Obama just happened to have used more than one Social Security number over the years, and one of them is associated with 713 Hart Senate Office Building and starts with the digits 282, which signifies issuance in Ohio, a state in which Obama just happened to have never lived or worked,... and another Social Security number used by Obama starts with 042, which signifies Connecticut, another state in which Obama just happened to have never lived or worked, and it just happened that no one in the mainstream media has ever bothered to ask Obama why he has used multiple Social Security numbers or why the 042 number comes up as invalid in the E-Verify system used by employers to confirm whether immigrant job applicants have valid numbers.

TellurideGreg
TellurideGreg

I'm surprised not surprised the Obama sign says "Vote Early."  I AM surprised that it didn't say "Vote Often!"  I guess that is just implied....

oldsoldierboy
oldsoldierboy

7 Eleven is tracking cup sales by UPC code for Obama and for Romney through a program called 7 Election. Obama is up 20 points nationally. Their numbers cannot be influenced by biase. They're simply tracking cup sales where the rubber meets the road. Romney's campaign is in big trouble.

tarura
tarura

Buy Obama cup - may come handy when you need to piss on the road.

Made_n_America
Made_n_America

 ... never go to 7-11.   voting for romney.

ohioan123
ohioan123

I never go to 7-11 either....   Voting for Romney.

TellurideGreg
TellurideGreg

 I think its safe to say that more Republicans buy their refreshments from other sources--I can't remember the last time I went to a 7-11.  Nice try.

Worthlessliberals
Worthlessliberals

Something bizarre, surreal, perhaps unprecedented, has happened in the 2012 presidential election. With 28 days to go until Election Day, Mitt Romney, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, has become the de facto president of the United States, and Barack Obama, who has served as president of the United States since 2009, has become the challenger — a “candidate.”

According to a Washington Times/Zogby poll released Monday. Mr. Romney now leads in all 11 battleground states. He has pulled ahead in the essential state of Ohio and, heck, even Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania now appear in play.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Something even more bizarre, surreal, perhaps unprecedented is that people are actually considering voting for a man whose policies are almost identical to the ones that caused the fiscal collapse of 2008.

oldwhiteguy
oldwhiteguy

Somewhere along the line, the people who own coal mines and soap plants, hotel chains and casinos changed the language from "rich" to "job creators" and convinced a generation of Americans that their crowd should be given tax cuts, their own schools for their kids and a big military to push the rest of the world around.  They got themselves a candidate who kissed off 47% of the population as useless drones.  He wasn't to be bothered with releasing his own tax returns.  He sold himself as a "businessman," but he actually was a card-carrying member of the "take the money and run" crowd, selling the work force down the river while loading companies down with debt.  He got the nomination by kissing up to the right and now he's acting all dewy-eyed and telling us what a nice guy he really is.  Like any accomplished take-over artist, he pounded the debate podium with half-truths, outright lies and baloney solutions.  Unfortunately, our President stood there and took it.  Hopefully, Biden will call out some of the crap.  And Obama will get his mojo back.  In the meantime, I don't know how many of you are ready to bet the car elevator that Captain Cayman is the "answer" to an economy  that had to dig out from the rubble that was George Bush, but I'm not.  We're making progress.  And the Ohio auto industry is one very visible example of why we can't let them fool us all again.

The_Critical_Thinker
The_Critical_Thinker

Romney wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt and 1 of every 8 jobs in Ohio with it.  More untold service jobs are indirectly dependent on the domestic auto industry...restaurants, retail stores, medical care, etc.

Worthlessliberals
Worthlessliberals

Really?.... I guess you know NOTHING about Chapter 11 Bankruptcy...... Not surprising for a Liberal....

Bing Li
Bing Li

 really? i guess you were brain dead when the economy was crashing amp; the private sector banks were hoarding cash amp; did not want to loan to GM?  did u just wake up from a coma?

Noleman2
Noleman2

Sure he can when you include all of these staunch Democratic voters: illegal aliens, dead people and convicted felons.

dzemog
dzemog

What a great country we live in.....where believing different things and having different opinions means it's "Ok" to say hateful things to one another.  No wonder we're in such sad shape....

George Cook
George Cook

ANSWER IS............."NO"  he  losing ground fast in OHIO and after debate #2 it will be all over..."one and done!"

mrljboyce
mrljboyce

Tell me if I am wrong, but were'nt we losing 7 to 800,000 jobs a month when Obama took office?  That means that we were dropping that many jobs leading up to him taking office and I am gonna assume that it would take a 8 months or so for any new President"s policies to take affect.  Seems to me the guy lost 4 to 5 million jobs from the previous administration before he could scratch his behind.  He has now regained all the jobs he did not lose and then some.  Some of you people fail to recognize that we were not in an ordinary recession.  Do your history homework.  Every smart economist has said that only the Great Depression tops the economy Obama inherited.  Do you really think any one man could turn that around in a little over 3 years?  What he has done is remarkable in my eyes when you factor in that congress can not agree on anything.  The wars are not Obama's.  He did not cause the economic mess.  What he did do was stop it in its tracks and start regaining jobs.  I know that there are still a lot of unemployed people out there, but we were headed into the grave before he came in and once again, it has only been 3 true years of his policies.  Money had to be spent to stop the free-fall.  The wars that he did not start are still costing billions.  I think many of you are very ungrateful.  If you do not like the man personally, just say it and stop with your BS.

gregkells
gregkells

I live in Cleveland, and don't see how any poll is showing Obama with a lead here. Yard signs and bumper stickers aren't exactly a scientific polling method, but I think they give a fairly good idea of how motivated a candidates support is. I haven't seen a single Obama sign in anyone's yard, seriously not ONE. There are still a few 2008 stickers out there, but I really haven't even seen too many from this campaign. I see Romney signs all over the suburbs and near west side neighborhoods, which are pretty diverse. If I was to form an opinion just based on how many people are advertising their support, Romney is way ahead. I'm sure Obama has his supporters here, but they certainly aren't as motivated  as they where 4 years ago when every yard around here had an Obama sign and every other car had an Obama sticker.  

gregkells
gregkells

I might have figured it out. Obama's supporters probably had houses and cars in 2008. Maybe I should be looking for his signs and stickers on cardboard boxes and shopping carts. As Joe Biden likes to remind us, the last 4 years have been pretty tough on the middle class. 

bevvar
bevvar

I hope so since your state is one that "counts".

Darryl Dillman
Darryl Dillman

And to vote for someone who would have let the auto industry dissolve into nothing is a slap in the face to the person who helped, dare I say saved your state. People who show no thanks to someone that saved their state deserve what they get if Romney is elected. This country is full of thankless people who will believe lies over facts and when Romney does what everyone says he is going to do, you can thank yourself and the ignoramuses that voted him in office.

gregkells
gregkells

There's a few people here that probably do feel like Obama saved our state, but they're naive, hyperbolic dimwits. As I noted, the naive hyperbolic dimwits don't seem as motivated this time around. I know far more small business owners that feel like Obama slapped a yoke around their neck and keeps piling on the weight. Our economy is far more driven by small business than it is the auto industry. Obama's policies have harmed far more people in our state than they've helped. The ACA  alone probably cost more jobs than the auto industry bailout saved. Our state isn't dependent on the auto industry, anymore than it was the steel industry. A lot of people here believe union extortion and heavy handed democratic policies and regulations drove that out.  The only auto plant in Cleveland is Ford, they didn't take a dime of Obama's bailout, so they probably don't feel particularly beholden to him.  My father retired from a GM plant 2 hours south in Lordstown. The 10 people that live in Lordstown might be Obama fans. My old man is voting for Romney though. If it makes you feel any better, I'm not voting for Romney. I'm voting for Gary Johnson, but nobody I know is voting for Obama. 

George Cook
George Cook

First of all..he would NOT have let the car industry dissolve into nothing...he has already made that clear...your definition of what he said is the DEMS political spin in terms of what Mitt said...and by the way...maybe the auto industry would have survived without the bailout..remember FORD did not take it and did extremely well during and after the bail out...so he didn't so to speak save the "entire auto industry" assuming he saved "some of it!"

Bing Li
Bing Li

 he would not huh? so why did he write an op ed in the wall st journal saying he would let detroit go bankrupt????????

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So George you sound like a big Romney supporter. Care to articulate how

his foreign and domestic policy will be any different than Bush's?

Darryl Dillman
Darryl Dillman

I don't know what race you have been watching, but it certainly not the presidential race. To call Obam lazy is ridicluous. Maybe you forget that Obama is not just running for election, but he is also doing his job as president. He who is lucky to get 4 hours sleep a night would not be classified as lazy, but over worked. I love you righties who criticize Obama for one reason or another and defend GW Bush who put us in this mess. So you think Romney will be better than Obama, but Romney will revert to the same exact policies as Bush as he has said. I guess you just arent listening. I guess you think losing 700,000 a month is better than gaining 115,000 a month. I would not call Obama incompetent, but I would call Romney a lier since he has been caught in so many of them. I guess you righties just ignore facts and believe the lies Romney tells. Good luck with that... If Romney is elected he will out due GW Bush 10 times over. Then what are you going to say?

George Cook
George Cook

Well let me say he is doing a sh tty job of performing the Presiden'ts job as his pathetic results show.  Unemployment, Debt, Foreign Affairs complete mess...do I need to go on? He certainly has time to get on the View, David Letterman, Smooz with Hollywood at lavish dinners in the $ 000's...etc etc etc. give me a break.  How many vacations has he taken...really???

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So George you sound like a big Romney supporter. Care to articulate how his foreign and domestic policy will be any different than Bush's?

dianecamp2313
dianecamp2313

OMG now Sesame Street wants Big Bird out of the campaign-- LOL Obama campaign never asked permission to use a licensed image--too bad no one from the O campaign has a clue about LAW.

bevvar
bevvar

Amazing for a Harvard Law School graduate, isn't it?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Kind of like the Romney/Ryan campaign being told by various artist to stop using their music in campaign appearances.

dianecamp2313
dianecamp2313

 @ George Cook Maybe Clinton too, but In 2008, Sam Moore  sent a

cease-and-desist letter to Barack Obama’s campaign after his song “Hold

On! I’m Coming” was used at several rallies without his permission

dianecamp2313
dianecamp2313

 And Sam Moore's cease and desist order to Obama to stop him from using Hold On, I'm Coming.

mitch5280
mitch5280

Even Big Bird has slammed Obama...AWESOME!!!

vodknockers
vodknockers

Obama showed the world that he is indeed who we all knew he was...

Lazy, incompetent who cannot run on his failed record, so he lies and tries to make his opponent  look bad...only thing is, the majority of working Americans can see the LOOMING LANDSLIDE DEFEAT of Obama and the democrats who have FAILED US.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 If by failed you mean created jobs, rescued housing and kept America from sliding of a fiscal cliff.

Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan

Romney as Governor of MA has a track record of working with Democrats and accomplishing legislation. President Obama has no track record of working with Republicans and accomplishing legislation.  The only way Obama has passed legilation is via executive order (immigration) and flat out bribery (Obamacare) 

Bing Li
Bing Li

wait a minute.  do u have amnesia?  he told CPAC he was a severe conservative in MA.  then in front of a national audience he said he was a moderate.

his former state legislature said mitt was an obstructionist who blocked a ton of bills.

can u tell me why he has an approval rating in MA around 30%  amp; would've lost re-election?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And yet he will lose Massachusetts by 30 points because the voters there know what a lousy governor he was.

George Cook
George Cook

What have you been drinking my man? Clearly you didn't do well in your math courses in HS.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 So are you saying that Mittens will win Mass? Or that he will only lose by 25 points instead?

tmabry
tmabry

 We will see about that. I wonder how many will pull a lever for Brown and then Obama. Probably not as many as you think...Certainly not 30 points

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Regardless. The only state he has ever actually governed has no interest in electing him president. Spin it how ever you want its certainly not an endorsement of his time there.