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.
Both the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan campaigns are holding watch parties tonight for the presidential candidates' third and final debate.
Former Bengal linebacker Anthony Munoz, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the featured guest at a Romney-Ryan watch party at the original Montgomery Inn, 9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. It begns at 8 p.m.
Martin O'Malley, Maryland's Democratic governor, and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory will join local Obama supporters for a watch party at 8:30 p.m. at Cincy's on Sixth, 41 E. 6th St., downtown.