Obama, Romney Stump Around Ohio

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Mitt Romney rallied support at Westerville South High School. President Obama visited the college campuses of Kent State University and Bowling Green State University.(Photo: Jo Ingles, Mark Urycki)
Mitt Romney rallied support at Westerville South High School. President Obama visited the college campuses of Kent State University and Bowling Green State University.(Photo: Jo Ingles, Mark Urycki)

President Barack Obama’s latest trip to Ohio wasn’t just about getting his message across. He wanted to make sure college students and 20-somethings are going to vote in big numbers, just like four years ago when they backed him by a wide margin.

Students skipped classes and stood in a long line through intermittent rain outside the basketball arena at Bowling Green State University yesterday where Obama told them to register to vote. At another stop at Kent State, Obama had his jacket off and his sleeves rolled up and made a pitch for young people to register to vote.

A big part of Obama’s strategy in Ohio and other key swing states is reaching out college students who are concerned about the rising costs of education, job opportunities and paying off student loans.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was also stumping around Ohio Wednesday, pointing to his Massachusetts health care law as evidence that he has empathy for ordinary Americans.

Romney usually avoids talking about the health care law he championed as Massachusetts governor because President Barack Obama cites it as the basis of his own federal health care law. Republicans reject what they call “Obamacare” as a costly government takeover.

Campaigning in Ohio yesterday, Romney told NBC News that he understands Americans’ lives and the challenges they face. In citing the Massachusetts health care law, he said, “Don’t forget, I got everybody in my state insured.”

While Romney has vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, he has not offered specifics for replacement legislation.

The candidates’ appearances came on the same day as a new independent poll from Quinnipiac Univeristy that gives the President growing leads in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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