President Barack Obama is on the campaign trail once again, starting the week off in the battleground state of Ohio. The Obama campaign is holding outdoor park rallies in Cincinnati in Hamilton County and then in Columbus, in Franklin County. The rallies are a return to a couple of counties that then-Senator Barack Obama won in 2008. For example, Barack Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Hamilton County since 1964, and won Ohio on his way to election as 44th President.
In 2008 the issue was the economy and jobs. In 2012 the issue is the economy and jobs. In Ohio, President Obama holds the edge over Mitt Romney in the main because of the “auto bailout.”
Mitt Romney opposed it and opposed publicly in a big way by writing an op-ed piece in the New York Times titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” That piece is coming back to haunt Mitt Romney. He said this, “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”
However, the automobile industry is showing no signs of receding or regressing as Mitt Romney said back in 2008. In fact, it is getting stronger every day. The voters in Ohio are noticing.
To the voters in Ohio, the op-ed piece might as well been titled “Let Ohio Go Bankrupt.” The state of Ohio is closely aligned with the automobile industry and manufacturing is a big part of the economy in Ohio.
If you ask the question in Ohio “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” the answer is a resounding yes. Thanks to the politically toxic op-ed piece by Mitt Romney, he has dug himself into a big hole there.
A poll by Marist College, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal called the Marist polls shows Obama leading Mitt Romney by seven points in Ohio. The scary thing for Mitt Romney and his supporters is that no Republican nominee for President has ever been elected without winning the state of Ohio, going back to Abraham Lincoln.
It is Ohio in all the electoral prognostications that show President Obama will be easily reelected President with Ohio in his column. Obama leads 50 percent to 43 percent in Ohio, with the key being the 50% barrier that Romney would have to overcome.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books