Campaigns Making Final Charge For Votes In Ohio


In the final days of Vote 2012, presidential campaigns were trying to make personal connections with voters on Saturday.

President Obama

"My understanding is this band just won the state championship," President Obama said at a rally at Mentor High School.

The president then laid out his case for a second term.
"You may not agree with every decision I've made or action I've taken, but you know what I believe and that I fight every day for your families," said Obama.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released on Saturday put the President six points ahead of Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"Now Governor Romney is a very talented salesman trying to repackage the same polices that didn't work and offer them up as change," said Obama.

While the President spoke to his crowd to the north, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tried to sway voters in the southeastern part of the state.

"Just yesterday at a rally, he was asking his supporters for votes out of revenge. Mitt and I are asking you to vote out of love of country," said Ryan.

The congressman also bashed Obama's healthcare plan and what he called "job creation failure." He also touted Romney's energy plan.

"Look right here in the heart of coal country. We have so much energy in this state. Let's use that to put people back to work," said Ryan.

Mitt Romney was not in Ohio, instead focusing on two other battleground states.

He spoke to voters in Iowa and Wisconsin on Saturday.

Michelle Obama was in the Buckeye state at one of Ryan's old stomping grounds.

The estimated 2,600 people braved a long line in freezing rain Saturday to see the First Lady speak at Miami University in Oxford in southwestern Ohio.
She shouted to the crowd that there are just "three more days for four more years!"

The First Lady also made a stop at Kenyon College in Knox County.

Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also planned a stop in the Cleveland area. Her husband was scheduled to join her Sunday evening at Rushville Middle School in Lancaster. Doors were scheduled to open at 5 p.m. for that event.

More visits are planned for both parties over the last few days before the votes get counted. President Obama scheduled a Sunday visit to Cincinnati, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney planned a visit to Cleveland. Both candidates had stops planning for Monday in Columbus.

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