Battle for Swing States: Ohio
Why is the Buckeye State so critical?
- Duration 5:54
- Date Sep 10, 2012
Why is the Buckeye State so critical?
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American election heads.
Your destination for the best political -- -- -- and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is attending a rally today.
In Ohio vice president Joseph Biden was campaigning in that state over the weekend you might have noticed -- memorable photos from his trip pushing those in the second.
That Joseph Biden can be back in Ohio later this week underscoring what an important state.
Ohio -- this time around -- might see a few different statistics when it comes in this state a swing state with eighteen.
I've 207 electoral votes see -- you see the state governor there Republican John case expect to be imported and we're gonna talk more about that in -- second.
The unemployment rate seven point 2% slightly below.
The national average so is the average gas price.
And with the reason I was saying gas prices you might see gas prices every -- don't always see the unemployment rate flash on every corner of every street in the gas prices can affect the way that we feel about the economy also dry your attention to the number of visits the president -- since April since announcing really at the start of his big campaign.
Five visits in Ohio Romney a total of eight visits and here's finally a look at the polls from real clear politics -- see the president with an edge.
Over Mitt Romney when it comes this state.
Of Ohio I joining us now Joseph Bahrain is a political reporter for the -- dispatching Joseph everybody we talked to from all sorts of different swing states say.
Our state is the most important -- you hear that a lot when it comes to Ohio why.
Well thanks for having Jenna and your right you probably do hear that everywhere you go but in Ohio.
Historically speaking it is almost impossible for a Republican to win the White House without winning -- winning Ohio.
And -- you see Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan coming here so often trying to fight for the state.
And you see the president and the vice president coming here to really defended they they know that if they can and they can take Ohio like they did in no way.
That -- chance of securing the White House for another four years and that is pretty strong -- -- what's the state of the race right now -- -- noticing.
Could well I'm noticing I -- like you're noticing that the polls are very close the president does seem to hold an edge here we had a poll.
Last month that showed it as a completely dead heat I think Romney actually was ahead by two votes in our poll but.
Did the average of the polling does show that the president is ahead.
It's very tight and it's going to stay that way I really do think all the way through November 6 -- -- -- we December 6 and.
-- we just mention that the president had been their five times since April but I told I believe the 25 times as presidencies visited your state a lot.
But a street closures -- because of the president's visiting but it shows the importance of the state Jill Biden has spent quite -- -- over the weekend.
He's had -- Kodak moments if you well that had this flash across the national scene seems like he's getting friendly with some voters there.
An Ohio he'd be back on Wednesday how importing.
Is the vice presidents in Ohio he's given at this moment it doesn't know -- that's pretty close -- If I have come that you brought this up that this is how I spent my weekend I was traveling out with the vice president to -- to some of these places and dot.
A perfect example of just the the challenge and also his popularity.
That that they face -- Saturday he he went to this pizza shop.
In a very small town that was it was half and -- within five minutes of him being there was pass.
Wall to wall with people who just want to see him and shake his hand and and get their picture taken with him and and he's so good at that the vice president is but the same time then when you talk to some people.
And who just got their picture taken with him in and ask do you support the president the vice president politically in the sometimes the answer was no and other times the answer was well we're unsure so it's just it's really an excellent snapshot of of just how close things are here and I'll.
That is very interesting his you'd imagine that the people that are giving the vice president a kiss on the -- -- be sure voters that from what you're saying is that maybe there's a mixed reaction front.
The folks that are turning out what the Republicans -- what sort of reception did they get.
When they come to town is it equally as big of a turnout is there more enthusiasm.
-- what are you seeing Joseph when you're attending those events were.
Right an excellent point.
Well when Paul Ryan comes to town.
He I mean did the crowds -- huge did there's just no question about that whether he's and in suburban Cleveland and or or some of the other places that he's been in and candor he went and Miami.
University -- on the monitor.
That the crowds are are substantial they and some degree that's because he's the new flavor.
To a different degree it's because he is known as a staunch conservative and that conservative movement is going to common.
And seeing him in in rally behind him.
The the crowds compared to Paul Ryan's crowds for the vice president.
We're smaller but the but the president's campaign knew that ahead of time and -- They see did they have sent the vice president into areas where -- where Obama.
Either does not poll well or didn't fare very well in 2008 and they they see this is a strategy they see this is.
It's showing look where we are not afraid to go into some of these places where we know we're not going to win but we're going to steal some votes -- so that.
Is really the role that the vice president has been playing over the last couple weeks.
Very distant -- have a battle vice presidents play out joke and if it the last couple days -- been you watching the vice president of the United States give kisses to folks who haven't sit on.
I his lap I don't know what the next couple days are gonna look like Korea must be exciting -- I know what I hit a.
Absolutely I'm gonna be out with Paul Ryan -- Wednesday in the very same county that we ended the trip with Vice President Biden.
So yesterday -- we it'll be it'll be it should be interesting.
We'll see if we get any kiss kiss cam shots of a different sort with Paul -- domestic had your perspective today we look forward having you back.
Well I can't wait thank you.