Obamas Combine Campaign Star Power in Ohio
Barack and Michelle Obama appeared together on stage for the first time Sunday night since the presidential campaign of 2008, with the president encouraging Ohio voters to “keep believing” in the face of declining Democratic hopes, reports the Washington Post. “I know it’s a long time since election night two years ago and Inauguration Day, and Beyonce singing and Bono,” the president told a crowd of 35,000 at Ohio State University. “It’s hard sometimes to say, ‘Yes, we can.’ You start thinking, ‘Well, maybe. I don’t know.’ It’s not as inspiring a slogan.” The Obamas applied their combined star power in a bellwether state where Democratic Party prospects look dire. Incumbent Democratic governor Ted Strickland is fighting to overcome his Republican opponent John Kasich’s eight percentage-point lead, while the Democratic Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, trails Republican former congressman Rob Portman by 22 points. Three freshman House Democrats who support Obama’s health care plan are now struggling to hold on to their Ohio seats, while Ohio Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner will become speaker of the House if his party wins in November. The situation in Ohio is far from unique: Democrats nationwide are scrambling to defend once-safe seats in the face of a formidable Republican fundraising machine.<
Read original story in The Washington Post | Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
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