September 2nd, 2010
04:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama and Biden headed back to Ohio

Obama and Biden will both visit Ohio next week.
Obama and Biden will both visit Ohio next week.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama and Vice President Biden are both returning to Ohio next week, the fourth White House visit to the politically crucial state in less than a month.

The White House said Thursday that President Obama will make remarks on the economy in Cleveland next Wednesday. Two days earlier, Vice President Biden will be in Toledo for Labor Day events.

Obama will bring the economic message to a state with an unemployment rate of 10.3 percent in July.

The trip will mark the president's 10th trip to Ohio since taking office. He joked during a June visit to Columbus that "(Gov. Ted) Strickland said I've been in Ohio so much he might start charging me for it."

But Strickland is a key reason Ohio is getting so much attention from the White House in the weeks ahead of the midterm election. The Democratic governor is in a close re-election battle with former Rep. John Kasich, the Republican nominee, and both Obama and Biden helped raise money for Strickland last month.

There is also a high profile Senate race for retiring Republican Sen. George Voinovich's seat, with Democrat Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and former GOP Rep. Rob Portman competing.

And the state, a presidential bellwether that will be critical again to both sides in 2012, is also the site of three of the nation's most hotly contested fights for Democratically-held but vulnerable House seats.

President Obama was last in Ohio August 18th, holding a backyard town hall meeting and a Strickland fundraiser. Biden was in Toledo less than a week later visiting an auto plant and then raising more money for Strickland's campaign.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. mark nyc

    who the hell cares? ohio?

    September 2, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    While you're in Ohio Mr. President and Vice President, put a tongue lashing on Bonehead Boehner. The people in his district need to know what he's done for them lately. You guys can sum it up in one word: NOTHING!!!

    September 2, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Riley

    Maybe they better stay out of Ohio. A poll released today showed that voters in Ohio would prefer if Bush were still president instead of Obama. Apparently, Ohio voters realize how terrible Obama has been for their state and the nation.

    September 2, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Baker

    Dumb and dumber are going to tell them all about our new healthcare, high unemployment, and higher taxes in January. Its all part of their program to SPREAD the WEALTH. Don't you feel rich already with Obummer running things and Gunsmoke there in the background ready to step in at any moment if God forbid something happens to POTUS.

    September 2, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. The Incompetent Mr. Obama

    Here's comes the clown and the idiot to BS the people of ohio....

    September 2, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Jon

    Well well. This poll from Ohio tell you something: George W. Bush 52 vs. Hussain Obama 42.

    September 2, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. susie

    Why don't he move the White House to Ohio it would save the people a lot of money instead of flying every week there.

    September 2, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Eric

    Save it Barry... your endorsement of any candidate is like tossing a drowning man a cinder-block "life preserver."

    September 2, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. John N.C.

    Neither Obama or Biden have a clue.

    September 2, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. all of America

    Oh look ,two loosers in one place, They just lost ohio to the republicans!!!!!

    September 2, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. the real ib

    Obama can't stay off the campaign trail for a week but then again that's all he knows how to do except spend money this country doesn't have.

    September 2, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    President Obama and VP Biden should also take the opportunity to hold Republican House Min Leader Boehner accountable for his do-nothingness for the People of Ohio.

    Boehner is so arrogant, he is already calling himself "Speaker". He shouldn't be measuring Nancy Pelosi's office for his tanning bed and golf clubs yet. Boehner has done NO WORK all year. He has spent more time at his all-male (isn't that interesting given how fussy he is about his hair and makeup) country club. Including junkets with Big Oil, Big Insurance, Big Banks, Boehner spent more than $150K on green fees and played more than 119 rounds of golf while Congress was in session. That equals more than 75 days on the golf course.

    He obviously could care less about the state of our economy, the job situation, or the welfare of working people and the middle class. He is an arrogant elitist who has already stated he wants to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits, and even public education. He wants ALL govt programs for Americans cut. However, he is fighting hard to keep the Bush tax cuts for billionaires that will add 4 TRILLION to the deficit. He also wants to keep govt subsidies for Oil companies. Boehner also thinks taxpayers should pay for BP oil disaster in the Gulf and leave BP alone. He wants to repeal the re-regulation of the Wall St banks and wants to let them run wild with no rules just like they did until they destroyed our financial system and brought our economy to its knees.

    WOW – what a caring public servant Boehner is! Ohio send him home where he can play golf every day and stop destroying our country.

    September 2, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. marcia

    obama needs to stay home and get the oval office back to looking presidential!

    September 2, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. All the news that is fit to omit

    The campaigner in chief has done his work for the month by picking out some carpet and drapes and giving a phoney, boring teleprompted speech after 2 weeks of vacation.

    You libtards remember what he did BEFORE vacation don't you, of course, he was out campaigning....

    Kasich has a 10 point lead Barry and Biteme, keep up the good work............

    The most gutless, clueless and classless president ever..

    See you in November Barry.

    September 2, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Dar

    PAID FOR BY: You got it , YOUR taxes everyone.
    enough said

    September 2, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    They are REALLY worried about Ohio, now aren't they????

    September 2, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. jim

    Please, can these two guys focus more on putting our fellow citizens back to work and a little less time on the campaign trail.Why don't these gentlemen just buy themselves a vacation home in the state of Ohio.That would be both good for the economy and them too since thet could spend less time traveling back and forth between the WH and the state.Just set up a mini oval office there.

    September 2, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Who is That?

    What are they going to tout for " Recovery of Fall" ???

    September 2, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. gt

    if he is not on vacation ..he is in ohio...ugh.. fix the economy and get out of afganistan....

    September 2, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. grandma

    I live in Ohio believe me, they both might as well stay in Washington. Democrats are dead in the water here.

    September 2, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. alex

    I want my vote back,Obama,.I will take in Nov.2010 and 2012.This to clown lost my vote for ever.

    September 2, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Hugo

    Just think, ten trips at about 1 million each of taxpayer monies...ten million spent on Ohio campaigns, vacations, makeovers and dates while the rest of America remains UNEMPLOYED! Democratic leadership at its finest, that is why I will NEVER vote Democrat again, EVER!

    September 2, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |