Biden to Ohio on Labor Day
September 2nd, 2011
03:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Biden to Ohio on Labor Day

Washington (CNN) - Call it location, location, location.

The White House announced Friday that Vice President Joe Biden will speak Monday at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event in Cincinnati, Ohio. The news comes a week and a half after the White House announced that President Barack Obama would speak in Michigan at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.

What do both states have in common? They are both states that the Obama-Biden ticket won in the 2008 presidential election which could be challenging to keep in the Democratic column in next year's presidential contest.

The state narrowly went for the Democrats in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and Obama and Biden took Michigan by 16 percentage points in '08. But Republicans performed well in the state in last year's midterm elections, winning back the governor's office and two House seats from the Democrats. And the most recent polls in the state indicate that the president's approval rating is below 50 percent.

Ohio is considered a major battleground state. President George W. Bush narrowly won it in 2004, putting him over the top in his re-election victory over Sen. John Kerry. In 2008, the Democratic ticket took the state by five points over Sen. John McCain and then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But last November the GOP won back the governor's office and five House seats held by Democrats. As in Michigan, the most recent polls in Ohio put the president's approval rating below 50 percent.

Last year, Biden was in Toledo, Ohio for Labor Day, with Obama going to a labor event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, another battleground state in presidential elections.

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Filed under: AFL-CIO • Joe Biden • Michigan • Ohio
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Does anyone think Palin is (your choice) enough in to show up across town from Biden or Obama, like she did to Romney?

    September 2, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. JP

    Our prounion president has not learned that nothing destroys jobs faster than a union, he's too busy taking their donations to notice.

    September 2, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Good for Joe. I wish I could be with either him or the President but I get to go to work.

    September 2, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Whether it's Joe Biden, the President, or any dem, they need to bring charts showing how the economy improved the first year of Obama's term. Show job growth, GDP turnaround, the rapid recovery of the stock markets. Use graphs/charts and it is obvious when the dems lost their SuperMajority in the Senate. When the repugs got the ability to stop this progress with filibusters in the Senate, the recovery slowed. When the repugs took control of the House, the recovery stalled.

    September 2, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Ed

    Work your Union buddies one reason our USA MADE products went overseas due to their extremley high wages AT OUR EXPENSE.

    We needed the Unions in the 30' and 40's but their bosses got greedy and cost American jobs.

    The only thing a Union can do is cost Union members money and the right to strike that's it. When the Union strikes the bosses still get paid but the workers don't what's wrong with this picture.

    September 2, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |