August 12th, 2008
04:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Election Express: Spotlight on Ohio

 The CNN Election Express is heading across the country.

The CNN Election Express is heading across the country.

ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS, ON I-80 IN OHIO (CNN) - The CNN Election Express is making its way across what could arguably be the considered the country’s most important battleground state.

Then-Texas Governor George W. Bush narrowly took Ohio eight years ago over Vice President Al Gore, and his two point victory four years ago over Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) sealed the deal in his bid for re-election as president.

This time around both John McCain and Barack Obama are working overtime to win Ohio and its 20 electoral votes. Both candidates are making numerous swings through the state.

“I think that Ohio is going to be a battleground state. I have to campaign hard here. I have to work hard here,” said McCain while recently campaigning in the Buckeye State.

The most recent poll in the state shows it’s statistical dead heat between the candidates. The Quinnipiac survey, taken late last month, had Obama up by 2 points, well within the poll’s sampling error of 2.8 percent.

The CNN Election Express is on the road from DC to Denver, the site of the Democratic National Convention, making its way through some of the crucial battleground states that could decide the presidential election.

Filed under: Election Express • Ohio
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. anyomous

    all you been working hard is peesnlvinia

    August 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Carl from MI

    Good... keep an eye on those Diebold voting machines. It's already well known how easy it is to change the votes in them. (See Presidential election 2004, Kerry vs. Bush)

    August 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Andy

    In 2004 Bush beat Kerry in Ohio by over 100,000 votes. It wasn't close.

    August 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Ted:Canada

    OK you can get on the bus Georgia – seems over??

    Thank God MCain was not Presdident.

    He would have declared war and we would have been into World War Three – maybe he even may have pressed the Nuke Button. We may not have been here today on the CNN political ticker.

    Obama – here is you next commercial
    10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
    A McCain look a like is abruptly awoken by an alarm clock, not the phone.
    In a huff he picks up the phone thinking it was a phone ringing.
    Dazed and confused he yells out
    “Press the Button!!!! Press the Button!!!!”
    The video flips to a nuclear explosion – mushroom cloud etc.

    In the background you can hear MCCain saying
    “ we never surrendered and I am the last American President – we won – we won !!!”

    Just kidding repubs – can you take a joke!

    Actually it is rather scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Peter of Oregon

    My friends, McCain wants people to compare him to Reagan, but he's no Reagan.

    Let me give you some straight talk... the Straight Talk Express ran off it's tracks when McCain secured the Republican Nomination.

    His train has flipped and flopped toward G.W. Bush. It's a different John McCain my friends as the Big Oil elitists line his pockets in order to make him competitive against Barack Obama. The McCain maverick butterfly of 2000 went into its cocoon and in 2008 has emerged as "Two Face."

    August 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |

    Ohio and Pennsylvania will go to McCain, as will Michigan, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

    Obama's chances of winning the White House are very slim indeed.

    August 12, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Chris from NY

    CNN I hope you post this. I use to depend on you for news and information but since after the primaries you have lost your objectivity in journalism. You guys want to push McCain down our throat when we don't want to vote for him. I am an Obama supporter and I know when an objective criticism is being laid against him. But I also know when a journalist is leaning towards one candidate over another. Your new media want McCain to win this election but it's not going to happen. I have noticed a big change in the recent months on how you cover this election including those you pick to come in defense of Obama. They are people who are lukwarm at best in their support of Obama. And push in those who ardent supporters of McCain to sing his praises. This include Gloria Borger and a host of other pundits you put up there.

    August 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Dan

    I hate it when people start talking about a single state being the decisive state to elect a president. It's not one state, and it never has been a single state to elect a president. It's all of them combined. This is an attempt to try to minimize the complexity of an otherwise convoluted voting system that cannot be anticipated in any way. We've seen Obama win in states that people said he shouldn't have in the primaries. I will not be surprised if his supporters rewrite the electoral map this election, and show how American culture can trully change in the blink of an eye.

    August 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Now I ask could anyone in Ohio , with a sound mind, vote for John McCain? Is it because of his anti- NAFTA stance?? Or possibly his Strong Domestic Economic policies.....maybe it is his 26 years of doing nothing in Washington to help all those affluent Ohio folks enjoy their prosperity, job security, property appreciation, and peace of mind that foreclosures are an impossibilty . Yes they need to be voting for McCain no doubt. Just who does these Polls anyway ????

    August 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Upon Further Review

    Home of the voting machine maker that gave us what we now have in office.

    August 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Maritza

    McCain is hands on when meeting with voters across America, they range in income, demographics and a growing number are on the fence about who they will cast their vote for , this candidate has been around enough to understand the concerns voters have in this election, this election is unlike no other for many reasons , on the domestic front , economy, jobs ,energy are reason to vote safe instead of voting on a risk , huge risk , we don't need an inexperienced" power tripper," for the most powerful position of our country, We need to elect a leader that doesn't just talk about Iraq and the Middle East but somone who has actually been there many times someone who talks directly to the commanders on the ground ,someone who shakes the hands of our brave men and women, someone who understands how really complex the situation is, Compare the statements made of the conflict between Russia and Georgia , McCain can speak to a greater audience, Obama is left mumbling about generic statements that any half intelligent person could make, McCain, whether Obama's blinded followers accept it or not , is qualified on many levels to lead and be President.


    August 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Writing in Hillary on November Ballot

    I haven't changed my mind.....

    Still writing in Hillary Clinton in November.

    August 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. melv

    McCain,will do or say anything to get elected to office this
    november. He is lying between his teeth. Watch his eyes
    when he speak and his body language. McCain will worst
    than Bush. Wake up america,republican are good at covering
    up things look what Bush did with Iraq,wiretapping,justices
    and everything else such executive pledges.

    August 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I want to hear more about McCains $520 loafers. How many pairs does he own?

    I want to hear more about how many 4-star meals McWarmonger and Botox Barbie have had. Or can they not afford to look elitist from one of their 8 homes or their private jet?

    I want to hear more about McCain mispronouncing everyone's name and declaring all of us citizens of Georgia (the country – he certainly isn't my president and will never speak for me).

    How much more can CNN cover up his gaffes? Is this a relay between FAUX Noise and CNN to see which can push harder to get McCain crowned King to take King W's place?

    I want to know.

    August 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. California Gold

    McCain's idea of campaigns hard is bad mouthing Obama with any angry tone to his voice and punctuating his stilted words with a fist pounding an imaginery desk. "Me good You bad" What a DUNCE.

    August 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. mayahh

    please stop in Georgia, in my line of work i met a 62 year old retires nurse,who told me that she asked God to take her and not wake her in the morning, she suffers from multiple sclerosis and said they deboited her bank account for $1725. her mere diasability check for the month... Is this the AMERICAN WAY... we need change...

    August 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. mayahh

    $ 1725. for medical shots must i add.

    August 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Joe Kiloz

    Stop wasting fuel and start asking hard questions of Barack Obama.

    It won't be long before The Enquirer develops an "Elections Special" which will have far more substance than the propaganda that CNN generates for Barack Obama.

    Enquirer: Get with it, you are on the verge of tapping into a market that needs shaking up.

    Dare you to print it CNN.

    August 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. ben

    CNN You are the best! FOX you are the worst!

    August 12, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. melv

    Someone needs to bring up McCain lobbyist friend,which I
    believe it was something to it.Republican say I don't want to
    talk about anymore and it is gone. He was marry to his present before divorce his ex-wife and had problem in his present noone
    wants to talk about. With his money he can hide his dirty laundry
    well,find some media.

    August 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Leave Hill Alone

    Can not get posted on any other blog, but I will try this one. I want to ask people, especially democrats to stop bashing Hillary Clinton. The stories out there today are speculation and people are accusing Clinton of under minding Obama, which is not true. She has not put her name into nomination. If she did, she has every right. Also people are confused and CNN would do more justice to its people by actually stating facts. Obama is not the official democratic nominee..he is the presumptive. So at this point, someone else could win the nomination fairly. Obama supporters are back to attacking Clinton for no reason at all. People spew out vile comments that have no basis in facts. I support both, and I am amazed at the comments Obama supporters make about Clinton, who honestly has done more for people than many realize. Obama himelf has a picture of Clinton in his Senate office and admits that she is one American that he really admires. So why does he allow his supporters to continue to run her name threw the mud. I can understand some republicans comments, but those are off base also. I ask Obama supporters who get mad when someone questions Obama's character, to understand that some of you are doing the same when you unfairly bash Clinton. You also need to learn the rules of a convention and take a serious look back at history before going on the Hillary attack. You don't burn bridges, and Clinton has been a bridge for many of us...So please, learn history,learn convention rules( and facts) and LEAVE HILL ALONE.

    August 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Susan

    CNN, until your bus provides balanced and level reporting, people are still going to make fun of you. Where is UNBIASED JOURNALISM???

    August 12, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Richard

    People from Ohio need to wake up and realize "FREE TRADE" is killing their stare. The GOP is to blame.

    -stop voting against your economic interests!

    August 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain has been working hard to get the U.S. involved in Russia and Georgia fighting, but it has backfired on him. The French and Russian president chose to use diplomacy. No more Bush/McCain tactics. McCain will get us all killed.

    August 12, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Kim

    About half of Ohio has lost their jobs to the Republican policies. Must be the same half that is voting for Obama. I guess the rest of Ohio will wait until McBush sends their jobs to China. Then vote Democrat in 2012.

    August 12, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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