June 14, 2012

Ohio in Spotlight as Obama, Romney Make Economic Pitch


Both men on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot will appeal to Ohio voters Thursday with events aimed at showcasing how each would be a better steward of the economy.

Mitt Romney is punctuating his push with a television ad, keeping alive President Obama’s awkward remarks about the private sector from Friday.

The new ad features no narration other than text. Instead it stars the president saying three times, “The private sector is doing fine.”

Watch the spot here.

Reporter-producer Tiffany Mullon was on a call with Romney operatives on Wednesday as they outlined how they see the dueling Ohio events. The president speaks at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland at almost the same time Thursday afternoon that Romney takes the stage at his rally near Cincinnati.

Top Romney strategist Russ Schriefer previewed the message Romney hopes to deliver, but he acknowledged a more immediate problem for his candidate: Economic conditions in Ohio have been steadily improving, bucking the national trend. But, Schriefer credited the state’s success to its governor, John Kasich, not the president.

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