(CNN) - Freshman Ohio Democratic Rep. John Boccieri has decided to attend President Obama's Cleveland speech on the economy Wednesday.
The fact that a Democrat joining the president for a speech in his home state is news is a sign of the political times – especially in the battleground of Ohio.
Boccieri is in a neck-and-neck race to save his seat in a district that voted for John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008, and where the president's agenda since he took office has been highly controversial.
As of Tuesday night, Boccieri had not decided whether to attend the speech in Cleveland, which is about an hour's drive from his Northeastern Ohio district.
But his spokeswoman tells CNN he decided to go because the president is "talking about jobs – and that's a message that John Boccieri supports." It's unclear if Boccieri would go as far as pledging to vote for the presidents proposal, which includes a total of $300 in corporate tax breaks, and $50 billion in infrastructure spending.
When visiting Boccieri's district a few days ago, the overwhelming message we heard from Democratic voters who supported President Obama was frustration that he is not focusing enough on the economy.
"He hasn't addressed any of the issues he campaigned on," said Bill Keating, who voted for President Obama in 2008, "the economy being a primary one."
As we walked through the Stark County fair with Boccieri, he was careful not to criticize the president, as other Democrats in trouble have done.
Instead he pleaded for patience, and promised to do more.
"Its very clear that the economic solutions and the investments that we've made are going to take time to recover," said Boccieri. "We're putting folks back to work. No, it's not fast enough. It needs to be faster and we need to do more to help jumpstart our economy."
Ohio's Democratic Governor Ted Strickland, himself in an uphill reelection fight, and Democratic Senate candidate Lee Fisher - who trails Republican Rob Portman - also plan to attend the president's speech.
Two other embattled House Democrats, Mary Jo Kilroy and Steve Driehaus, say they will not attend. But both insist it is for logistical reasons and not because they are trying to avoid being seen with the president.