September 26, 2012 by amerciagazette
As the tension grows towards a climax of the vote, both presidential candidates are focusing their efforts on the state of electoral votes, this is a key state for both candidates. Romney needs to carry Ohio if he is to have any chance of winning. No Republican has ever won that did not carry Ohio. Both Obama and Romney are pouring massive amounts of money into ads to persuade voters.. With 18
Ohio has emerged as the presidential race’s undisputed focus. Barack Obama and are making multiple stops this week alone in a state that’s trending toward the president, endangering Romney’s White House hopes.
Obama’s, and a positive outlook on the local economy, are endangering Romney’s chances of being heard and supported.
Romney is scrambling to reverse the polls that show Obama ahead. He made the first of his four planned Ohio stops this week, joining his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, for a rally near Dayton. Today, Obama will visit the college towns of Kent and Bowling Green, and Romney’s bus tour will stop in the Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo areas.
In an address to the Ohio audience Romney demanded Obama is weaking our economy and will turn us into Greece. “That is not the America that built Ohio!” Romney declared urgently. His tone was urgent, but the points were standard campaign language from Romney. His allies hope they will start resonating in this crucial state.
Charles Babington, from Newsmax, had this to say “Not even Florida has seen as many presidential TV campaign ads as Ohio, and neither nominee goes very long without visiting or talking about the state. When Obama touted his “decision to save the auto industry” on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday, he mentioned not the major car-making state of Michigan but Ohio, which focuses more on car parts. “One in eight jobs in Ohio is dependent on the auto industry,” Obama said.”
Four new polls underscore Romney’s serious problems in Ohio. Surveys by NBC and Fox News found Obama ahead by 7 percentage points. A poll by a group of Ohio newspapers showed him leading by 5. And a Washington Post poll released Tuesday found the president leading Romney by 8 points. All of Obama’s leads were outside the polls’ margins of error.
One problem for Romney is that Ohio’s 7.2 percent unemployment rate is below the national average, as the Republican governor, John Kasich, often reminds residents.
“We are up 122,000 jobs,” Kasich told a panel during the Republican convention last month. “The auto industry job growth is 1,200,” he said, perhaps trying to play down that sector’s role.
Gov. Kasich has done a good job of fixing government regulations in the state, attracting new businesses, that it will be hard for Romney to utilize the economic devastation line of argument. Kasich says he supports Romney and Ohio would do even better if Obama were replaced. But the governor’s understandable pride in the state’s job growth runs counter to Romney’s message that Obama is an economic failure.
Romney is trying to gain ground with the discontented. His success is minimal with his chief target: white, working class voters who are socially conservative and often have union backgrounds. A generation ago they were called “Reagan Democrats.”
Obama’s auto bailout is accredited with saving the auto industry and thereby saving many jobs in Ohio. People there consider it a success.
Romney is having trouble connecting with middle class Ohioans. His efforts may be fruitless unless he is able to make this connection. Romney is splashing ads all over Ohio to send a message of Obama’s failure of handling China and the energy industry. Obama in return is having to drive ads in defense of these accusations.
Ohio is on the map for both of these candidates. Power to the voters.
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