Battleground Ohio: Obama, Romney target key swing state
The Hill's Bob Cusack weighs in
- Duration 3:33
- Date Sep 26, 2012
The Hill's Bob Cusack weighs in
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-- bombing governor Mitt Romney descending on the battleground state of Ohio today the president taking his message to college students at two state universities.
While governor Romney targets working class voters in major metropolitan areas so less than a week before early voting.
Begins in Ohio where does each -- stay and about Cusack is the managing editor for that hill Bob good to see you.
-- the -- over which candidate would you like to analyze first you pick.
Well I think the President Obama mean he has a lead in Ohio and that has picked up and -- I don't think that's surprising because last week was the worst week for the the Mitt Romney campaign but.
Can Romney still win Ohio.
Yes he's gonna have to change the dynamic a little bit why is Ohio so important -- in the last eleven presidential election if you win Ohio.
You win the presidency and that's why these two guys are are fighting over the state and and down the stretch they're going to be in Ohio a lot so let me jump in with specifics here Bob so as you -- we that we are you -- the president voted visiting two state universities there.
He's of course going -- after the young voters they.
Put him over the top in 08 with can -- -- percent lead over the -- McCain Palin ticket.
Certainly present is not taking the Ohio voters for granted though this is his thirteen visit there this year.
And it is -- going to be a hard sell for the president to to keep his supporters on the hook there.
Well I mean it's the state that that he got -- a -- in and 2010.
We had a lot of house Republicans picked up seats there.
We have a senate seat there.
I think he's going to be talking about that the bailout which mostly helps him in Michigan but it definitely helps them.
In Ohio the other thing is that he can talk more about the economy in Ohio because of nations unemployment rate is a full point higher roughly -- An Ohio so that's that's gonna be that the tough dynamic for for Mitt Romney he's got to talk about the economy Romney has said.
That the the unemployment rate would go to 6% nationwide so he's got to make the case don't don't just.
Be satisfied with a mediocre economy.
It can and should get better so.
No there's no doubt about it both these guys are not going to be taking Ohio for granite sewed it is is still high -- kinda like a lifeboat for governor Romney that will bring him bringing to a sinkers when scenario come November.
As purity mention that it's going to be a tough situation and to sort of -- the president's economic policies we've got a seven point 2% unemployment rate there.
Of course the president's gonna say -- you know that you can go ahead and attack me.
On now mine.
-- by trade policies with China.
But yes -- -- remember IA and the person who brought about more cases against China in my.
First term -- as opposed to president George W.
Bush did in his two terms in office.
Yeah I felt like I think that Romney's gonna have to talk -- little -- he's got to throw -- a little bit because he is behind -- take some chances.
There's a China currency bill China China bashing on the campaign trail always works there's -- China currency bill.
That came out of the senate bipartisan support of sixteen Republicans I think Mitt Romney's gonna have to talk more about that bill that is something that.
That the Obama administration has not embraced and and Obama has done after China in other areas but that's a big deal that's a bipartisan bill.
John Boehner is not a fan of that bill but I think that -- -- have to talk more about that close the gap in Ohio.
Well Bob Cusack will be watching it's an exciting have raced to say -- least in and right -- boxing champ are all your details all the way up to.
November 6 and beyond thinking I -- nothing.