Obama’s Ohio Targeting: More College-Campus than Coal-Country

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President Barack Obama gives a student a high five during a tour of the Wind Turbine Manufacturing and Fabrication Lab at Lorain County Community College, in Elyria, Ohio.

President Barack Obama’s Ohio strategy is more college campus than coal country.

The president will argue that his administration is more assertive about China than a Mitt Romney White House would be at two university campuses today: First at Bowling Green State University outside of Toledo in the Northwest part of the state and then at Kent State, outside of Akron in the East.

Look for more baseball caps than miner’s helmets in the crowd.

On his last Ohio trip, on Sept. 17, Obama hit a leafy, and mostly Republican Cincinnati suburb, for a rally at Eden Park. He was up and away in under three hours.

And prior to that, on August 21, he dropped in on two Columbus-area college campuses, first greeting incoming freshmen at Ohio State University’s student union and then delivering at speech at Capital University’s quad, where he pivoted from attacking Romney on Medicare to his support for college loans.

His message will largely be the same today, with perhaps a sharper contrast with Romney, drawing off news reports on Romney’s trust’s China holdings. He’ll also talk about his administration’s record in trade disputes with China and contrast his student loan support with Romney’s.

Romney is also campaigning in the Buckeye state today, traveling with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who went to college in Ohio.



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