The White House just announced that President Obama will remain in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to monitor damage from Hurricane Sandy, causing the cancelation of a planned campaign rally with the president at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.
The president had been scheduled to rally supporters at the convention center Wednesday morning. He was also scheduled to do a rally later in the day in Akron. That too has been canceled.
Ohio is the birthplace of aviation, but automobiles are driving this presidential election in the Buckeye State.
Specifically, the 2009 move by the federal government to save General Motors and Chrysler from going down the drain. The auto industry “bailout,” as the Romney campaign likes to call it. The Obama campaign prefers the term “rescue.”
There is really no way to adequately describe how critical Ohio is to the question Americans will decide in nine days – who will occupy the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years.
President Obama will be back in Cincinnati Wednesday for what the campaign is describing as a "grassroots event."
His opponent, Mitt Romney, was in Cincinnati Thursday; and the president's return to the Buckeye State - and particularly heavily-contested Hamilton County - are indications of how Ohio and its 18 electoral votes are crucial to both candidates.
No details have been released on the Cincinnati visit, but it will be followed later in the day by a campaign event in Akron. Obama appeared at a rally of supporters in Cleveland Thursday.