Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - "Angry" was the operative word Tuesday as Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland rolled through his state on a bus tour timed to coincide with the first day of early voting here.
As a pair of new polls showed the race for governor in the Buckeye State tightening and now essentially tied, the Democratic governor is seizing on the fresh momentum and positioning himself as a fighter who's just as upset with the state of the economy as voters appear to be.
The sense of economic frustration sweeping the country has largely energized the Republican base and sent independents into the GOP fold, but Strickland is making an ambitious play for those very same voters.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Ohio Monday is the fifth to the state by either Biden or President Barack Obama over the past four weeks. But the flurry of trips by the top two men in the White House doesn't seem to be making a dent in a state where Democrats face challenging elections this year.
The vice president teams up with Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland at campaign events in Akron and Dayton. Next month the president joins Strickland on the campaign trail. The October 17 event will be the 11th time Obama has visited Ohio since he became president.
Biden's visit comes as the two most recent polls of likely Ohio voters indicate Strickland is slipping against former Rep. John Kasich, the Republican gubernatorial nominee. According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, Strickland trails Kasich by seven points. And a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday indicates that Kasich holds a 17 point advantage over the first term governor.
(CNN) - One day after Bill Clinton teamed up in Pennsylvania with Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Joe Sestak, the former president lends a helping hand to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
Clinton joins the Ohio governor Tuesday for rallies and fundraisers in Cleveland and Columbus. The former six term representative and Methodist minister is facing a tough re-election bid this year against former Ohio congressman John Kasich, the Republican nominee. Recent polls suggest that Kasich leads Strickland from the single digits to low double digits. The two candidates face off in a debate Tuesday night.
Clinton has been very active on the campaign trail this election cycle, often helping out Democrats in states where surveys suggest President Barack Obama is not so popular.
Strickland will be getting more visits from high profile Democrats. CNN's learned that Vice President Joe Biden will team up with the governor in Dayton and Akron on September 20. Obama also stumps with Strickland again in Cleveland on October 20.
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(CNN) - While some Democrats appear ambivalent about President Obama's usefulness on the campaign trail this election season, former President Bill Clinton clearly remains a hot commodity.
His most recently announced trip will take the former president to Ohio next week to make appearances on behalf of that state's embattled governor, Ted Strickland.
The former president will appear at campaign rallies and fundraising events in both Cleveland and Columbus next Tuesday, Strickland campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith tells CNN.
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Count Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland among the Democrats who have decided to play the hand he has been dealt – meaning not running from the party label and the White House economic record and message.
In an interview Tuesday night, the embattled incumbent said there are hundreds of auto workers in his state whose jobs would "not exist today had it not been for the administration."
"You know, I'm not going to be overly critical because I think what he has done has been of help to us," Strickland said on the eve of President Obama's latest visit to the state.
Ohio has a double-digit unemployment rate, and Strickland trails Republican John Kasich heading into the final eight weeks. "I think people in Ohio and in America are upset with all of us," Strickland said of the tough climate for incumbents and particularly Democrats. "There are no easy answers."
(CNN) - President Obama will lend a hand to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's re-election campaign next month.
Strickland's campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith confirmed the visit Tuesday after it was reported in the Columbus Dispatch.
Obama plans to deliver a speech on the economy in Columbus on August 18, followed by a fundraiser for Strickland and the Ohio Democratic Party.
Vice President Biden has already traveled to Ohio to help Strickland, who is facing Republican John Kasich in a closely contested campaign.
(CNN) – Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich is going on the defensive in his first campaign ad, hitting back against Democratic efforts to portray him as a former Wall Street big wig.
"Ohio has lost 400,000 jobs under Ted Strickland. He can't campaign on his record, so he and his friends try to tear me down," says the Republican in the new spot released Saturday. "Here's the truth. I didn't run Lehman Brothers. I was one of 700 managing directors. I worked in a two-man office in Columbus. I have a record of balancing budgets, cutting taxes, and creating jobs."
Strickland, the incumbent Democratic governor, has repeatedly portrayed Kasich as a creature of Wall Street because of his ties to the now-defunct investment banking house. Kasich, a former U.S. congressman, worked for Lehman from 2001 until its collapse in 2008.
Responding to Kasich's ad, Strickland spokeswoman Lis Smith said the Ohio Republican is "implausibly trying to downplay his role as a managing director at failed Wall Street investment firm Lehman Brothers after years of bragging about his work on Wall Street."
(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is the target of a new Republican Governors Association ad highlighting the number of jobs that have been lost in the Buckeye State since the Democrat took office in 2007.
The 30-second spot called "Gone" features three office-employees discussing recent Ohio job cuts at large corporations such as NCR, Fischbein and Novelis.
"We lost 400,000 jobs under Strickland," one of the employees says.
"Gotta be a world record," another responds.
(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland holds a small lead over his Republican challenger in his bid this year for a second term in office, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey, released Tuesday morning, also indicates that more Ohio voters favor than oppose passing an immigration law similar to the new controversial measure in Arizona.
Forty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they support Strickland, with 38 percent backing former Rep. John Kasich, and 15 percent unsure. Strickland's lead is just within the survey's sampling error. His advantage is basically unchanged from Quinnipiac polls conducted in March and April.
(CNN) - The first line of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's campaign biography boasts the Democratic governor is "the son of a steelworker" who "never imagined he'd be able to go to college."
Indeed, Strickland's humble upbringing is just the type campaigns love to highlight, and never more so during an economic climate that still hasn't shown signs for recovery for many Ohioans.
But the campaign of Strickland's Republican opponent -former U.S. Rep. John Kasich – is causing a stir for attacking the same simple origins Strickland celebrates.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said in a statement Tuesday Strickland is a poor manager of Ohio's cities because the Democrat was raised "in a chicken shack on Duck Run."