September 20th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
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Biden heads to Ohio as party faces tough numbers

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Vice President Biden will team up with Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland at campaign events in Akron and Dayton, Ohio."]

(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.

In the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. George Voinovich, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the Democratic nominee, trails former Bush administration cabinet official and former Rep. Rob Portman by 11 points in the CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll. According to the Quinnipiac University survey, Portman holds a 20 point margin over Fisher.

And Republicans are confident they may be able to win back five to six Democrat held House seats in the state. Add that all together and it spells trouble for the Democrats in a state that's not only important this year but will also be crucial in the next race for the White House.

Ohio secured George W. Bush's re-election in 2004, but two years ago Obama won the state by five percent over Sen. John McCain in the presidential election. But according to the Quinnipiac poll, six out of ten Ohio voters disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House, with 38 percent saying they approve. The 60 percent disapproval is a new high for the president's disapproval rating in the Buckeye state.

The state's unemployment rate may have something to do with these numbers. Ohio's jobless level stands at 10.1 percent, above the national average.

"Ohio is the new Michigan. The state's economy is a mess, and Democrats are paying a steep political price for it," says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.

Democrats made major gains in Ohio in 2006 and 2008. 2010 will not be a repeat performance.


"Another rosy speech from Vice President Biden won't change the fact that Ohio has lost over 130,000 jobs since the stimulus was enacted," Republican National Committee spokesman Ryan Tronovitch tells CNN.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. kelly

    There are just as many or more democrat millionaires as there are republican millionaires.I expect that applies to Ohio also.

    September 20, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Dean


    I'm not sure if you're dumb or just stupid. The Democrats took control of Congress in 2006/2007 and have been in charge ever since. Do the math (hint: more than 1.5 years). And, as usual, they've screwed up and put us in the position that we now find ourselves.

    September 20, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. barry

    Is the President and Vice President jobs full time or part time? You would think with all the problems we have they wouldn't have time for all of the flying around the country campaigning. It is just sickening that were in the shape we are in but instead of spending their time working on the issues they spend all their time traveling around bashing Republicans. It just seems like a something you would see on Saturday Night live. Other countries are either laughing at us or scared to death of how what we're doing will create problems for us. It is unreal.

    September 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. water bearer

    Go get 'em, Joe! Don't let them take our country backWARD!

    @ Jim, Fair is Fair, Scott & Jim:

    Do you really think your comments, which have no substance but only insults, make you sound anything LESS than ignorant???

    September 20, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Really?

    Good to see that the Dear Leader is allowing this guy to speak in public again.

    September 20, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Anita in Arizona

    What ideas...what leadership.....what direction..... Can any republican answer that? And don't try to feed us that crap sandwich Bush policies, trickle down economics that had worked sssssooooo well before.

    September 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. NC

    Real Change is coming this November 2nd. The American people have had enough of the obama/obiden show. We need to get our country back and vote out the destructive democrats. Vote for the Republicans in November 2010 and 2012.

    September 20, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. John NC

    Biden is a lost cause. He is just wasting his time.

    September 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. connie

    i am from ohio and the unions put this state in the mess it is in. and the 2 yrs of bush's time the democrats were there so it took 3 1/2 yrs to make this mess

    September 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Sally

    Funny how the anti-government people, the ones who hate stimulus money, who are all for independence from government, are the first to blame the government for their state problems! I live in Michigan, and it's been a tough struggle, but we are coming back. Ohio will too, but not with any help from the right. They will vote against any help for your state, every time. They will vote against anything that costs money except for wars! They will vote against school lunches, against immunizations for kids, against food stamps...all in the blessed name of smaller government. It's a lie! We are big country...we need government. Vote Democratic and save your state!

    September 20, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |

    It's funny I don't remember all this trash coming from the Liberal monkees on Bush. He did this or he did that. I guess when the blunt of what OBAMA has done to them falls it will still be Bush that done it. Shut your racist traps up and go back to the fields where you may be needed.

    September 20, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Ranjit

    Joe, I would also suggest you to take Pelosi, Obama and Harry Reid with you. People of Ohio, will welcome them in open hands and stand in line to vote for democrats. They might not even wait till november and start early voting. C'mon, give me a break!

    Joe is trying to get some blue color white regan democrats ! That was in 2008 and not in 2010.

    September 20, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Jerry

    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress and Nancy Pelosi announced "We are in charge"
    At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
    Now tell me again what a great job the democrats have done.

    September 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Big George in Big D

    @Vigla – speaking of DUMB AND CLUELESS – just how much of our taxpaying dollars has YOUR president spent while in office. Both parties have to share blame but the democRATS must take more!!! As for "tax and spend", the democRATic motto, just wait until the taxes start and they will. Who do you think is going to pay for Nobama's massive spending spree?

    September 20, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. diridi

    Ohio's old coots, if you love just vote for any Democrat....nation is in trouble by GOP.....period....

    September 20, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Dave

    "Joe the Great" is campaigning again.... I guess to keep useless democrats in power. I do not care about ideology, just too many people are out of work and our government is doing the opposite of what the government of Cuba is doing (hiring people to work for government) and I do not like it a bit!

    September 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Trythefacts

    turn out the lights the party is over

    September 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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