November 6, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Obama won Ohio on Tuesday, capturing the electoral battleground that Mitt Romney needed more than any other in his quest to oust the Democratic incumbent, according to exit polls for the Associated Press and news networks. By laying claim to Ohio's 18 electoral votes, Obama all but ensured his reelection after a grueling campaign against his Republican rival, the former governor of Massachusetts. The results in Ohio appeared to vindicate Obama's tireless pursuit of the white working-class voters who dominate the state's election landscape.
June 17, 2012 |
TROY, Ohio - Noisy protesters on Mitt Romney's five-day tour of small-town America started off as a nuisance in Pennsylvania. But on Sunday in Ohio, they pulled off a full-scale disruption of his Main Street rally with House Speaker John A. Boehner. “Romney, go home!” a dozen or so screamed from the crowd of several hundred Romney supporters in this small town in Boehner's congressional district. Boehner shouted to be heard over the din. “President Obama and Democrat colleagues in the Senate continue to block all of the bills that we send over there,” Boehner hollered.
May 7, 2012 |
EUCLID, Ohio - Campaigning in a key battleground state, Mitt Romney said Monday that President Obama has failed in his promises to reduce unemployment, improve the nation's housing market and right the nation's economy. “At the convention, the Democratic Convention about four years ago, the president got up and spoke about hope, change and together we can do anything. But he hasn't lived up to those kinds of expectations,” Romney told hundreds of people gathered in a heavy gauge-stamping warehouse just outside Cleveland.
October 28, 2012 |
In my column on Sunday, I reported on the scene at one of Ohio's early voting sites, a shopping center in Columbus: busloads of voters, noisy volunteers in the parking lot and visits from politicians trying to drum up enthusiasm. But here's something that isn't happening on any discernible scale: Voter intimidation. Before early voting began in Ohio on Oct. 2, there were fears that conservative groups would try to challenge voters who arrived at the polls without photo identification, even though photo ID isn't required for voters in Ohio.
November 2, 2012 |
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan kicked off the final weekend of campaigning Friday at a night rally featuring some of the Republican Party's brightest stars where they told a crowd of more than 20,000 that President Obama had fallen short on his promises by continuing to “promote government” and “demote businesses.” Flanked by two dozen surrogates, family members and onetime rivals (including former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum,...
September 14, 2012 |
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- It was the sort of moment that tests a presidential campaign. A rocky flight. Pouring rain. Gusty winds. A sodden crowd. But Mitt Romney managed to rally a couple of thousand people in this bellwether region of northeast Ohio on Friday, delivering a speech that focused heavily on the message that he is best equipped to rebuild the American economy. "We were promised a recovery and we haven't seen that recovery," Romney said in the speech at Lake Erie College, reciting a litany of statistics about the grim economy: 23 million people out of work or underemployed; more people added to U.S. food stamp rolls over four years than the population of Ohio; middle-income families "treading water at best, drowning at worst.