Obama, Romney Crisscross Ohio Looking For Votes


UPDATED: Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:44 PM

The battle for swing state Ohio was in full swing Wednesday.

Mitt Romney started the day in Westerville, then traveled to Bedford Heights, and ended the evening in Toledo.

President Barack Obama campaigned in Bowling Green and Kent. The Bowling Green rally featured more than 5,500 supporters. 

For Romney, it's day two in the state. He continued to say that the nation's debt could grow to almost $20 trillion if the country re-elects Obama.

Romney added that his policies would do  more to help middle-class families than the President's would.

"When I began this campaign it was $15 trillion, what is a trillion?  It's 1,000 billion. It's an unthinkable amount, and he's added. When he came into office, there was just over $10 trillion in debt, now there's over $16 trillion. If he were re-elected, I can assure you it'll be almost $20 trillion in debt, and by the way, those debts get passed onto our kids," said Romney while in Westerville.

Romney said the interest payments alone cost more than what the U.S. spends on several government departments combined.

For Obama, Wednesday marked the 13th trip to Ohio so far this year.

Early voting begins in the state in less than a week - one of Obama's main messages for the day.
 
"You can register to vote up until Oct. 9, but if you're already registered, you can start voting in six days. And this is important, because you have a big choice to make. And it's not just a choice between two parties or two candidates, it is a choice between two fundamentally different paths for America," said Obama.

Ohio is important because a loss here for Romney would limit his options for getting to the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to win the White House.

Romney told 10TV's Jim Heath on Tuesday that he thought he would win the state.

But amid signs of an improving economy, Obama has the edge in polls in the Ohio.

The latest poll released shows Obama opening a double-digit lead over Romney in two of the nation's three largest swing states.

The president received more than 50 percent support in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida in a random telephone survey of likely voters taken Sept. 18-24. The poll by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and The New York Times had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points in Florida and 2.9 percentage points in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obama led Romney 54 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, 53-43 in Ohio and 53- 44 in Florida, the biggest prize of the three key battleground states with 29 electoral votes.

In all three states, more than half the respondents said they believed Romney's policies favored the wealthy.

Visit the 10TV Race For The White House page for a map of all of the visits to Ohio in 2012 from Obama and Romney.

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