September 26th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama steps up Romney jabs in Ohio

Kent, Ohio (CNN) - Buoyed by a string of recent polls suggesting his lead in Ohio is nearing double digits, President Barack Obama crisscrossed the crucial battleground state on Wednesday and sharpened his attacks on rival Mitt Romney's "47%" comments.

"I don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims, who never take responsibility for their own lives," Obama told a crowd of more than 5,000 at Bowling Green State University. "I've got to tell you, as I travel around Ohio and as I look out on this crowd, I don't see any victims. I see hard-working Ohioans."

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The recently added attack line to the president's stump speech comes as polls in the Buckeye State and other key swing states suggest Romney's controversial comments – made at a May fundraiser but only surfacing last week - about Obama supporters being dependent on government are taking a toll.

A CNN poll of recent surveys of Ohio voters shows the president now seven points ahead of Romney. A week ago, the margin was five points.

Obama also stopped at Kent State on Wednesday. At both stops he took pointed jabs at Romney over the issue of business and jobs lost to China – a campaign boogeyman that resonates well in manufacturing states like Ohio.

"He's been talking tough on China, have you been hearing this?" Obama said at his first event. "It sounds better than talking about all the years he spent profiting from companies that sent our jobs to China."

Romney's campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded, writing “Mitt Romney will not take hypocritical attacks from a President who promised to take China to the mat for its unfair trade practices and wound up being China’s doormat, at the expense of American workers."

Ohio is one of the most sought-after prizes in the election with 18 electoral votes. This was Obama's 13th visit to the state this year and he will return in one week - immediately following his first debate with Romney in Denver.

No Republican has managed to win the White House without winning Ohio.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheat could sweep all three debates and he will still lose and I hope he takes his whole family and leaves the country after that ,
    Go where your money is you traitors !!!!!

    September 26, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Catmandew

    Obama can jab all he wants he is the POTUS that made our country get downgraded credit ratings TWICE while he was in office a first, no other POTUS has had that happen once Obama is better he did it twice! 3 times as many on welfare and food stamps since OBAMA got in office ! Are you DEMS sure you want to go where Obama is goin !?

    September 26, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. polarbearsquares

    Run Up the Score on #Romneyshambles. Take your divisive campaign back to ... Utah? Boston? Cayman Islands? Who knows anymore

    September 26, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. nintex

    As a native Buckeye (and transplanted Texan) I can only encourage Ohioans to get out and vote! Get everyone you know to vote! Make phone calls, give rides to the polls, knock on doors – don't take anything for granted until the last vote is counted! Vote a straight dem ticket! The rest of the country is watching and counting on you!

    September 26, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    47% do not pry income tax., they are the victims, whom I do not give darn hoot-mitt Robme.
    Yes, on Obama12.

    September 26, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. 2020

    Romney is dead wrong. We worked all our lives, never quit, only the company closed and moved to China. That is what Romney preached. Company is human too.

    Romney goes down a least qualified candidate to be commander – in – chief

    September 26, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Borderless

    Obama touts his success as president in the Buckeye State is a headline we will never ever read.

    September 26, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Mike

    Pack your bags, alexithymic Mitt and go to LA JOLLA.

    September 26, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Sa'idu

    Keep up the good work, obama my main man. From a republican for obama.

    September 26, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Common Sensus

    Roll on Mr. President...roll on....

    September 26, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. njbchicago

    This President can bash Romney all he wants but the truth is, he has governed to only 1/2 of the people in this country. NOT MY HALF. HE DOESN'T SPEAK TO ME! He is not interested in my perspective whatsoever. Romney was talking about who would vote for him. We have LIVED Obama's governance and he didn't even need my vote! Treats me and 1/2 the country like we don't count. He lies, divies out his goodies ONLY TO THOSE WHO WILL VOTE FOR HIM. You don't find it hypocritical that he DECIDED TO SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE, MADE EXCEPTION FOR CHILDREN BORN IN THE US WHO HAVE ILLEGAL ALIEN PARENTS, ACTED ON STUDENT LOANS, ETC....... just THIS year, the election year. Where was he for these people in the 3 years prior???? NO WHERE because he didn't need them then. He is a credit card, a blank check, an empty chair (thanks Clint). Wake up America. He is a shyster of the worst kind.

    September 26, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. mb

    Romney's a clown. Go Obama. And on the China issue, we all know Romney will change his position on China depending on which mood he's in. After the election, that he will lose he will say let's send more jobs to China. Obama 2012

    September 26, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. 200 TON HAMMER

    Keep fact checking mitt romney Mr President Obama,and ohio middleclass keep up the pressure on mitt romney too buckle under pressure ohio you got mittens on the run from the facts and truth its getting hot in ohio for romney he cant stand the middleclass fire that is getting hotter by the day

    September 26, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. ohio native

    If we have Obama again, we might as well throw in the towel. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Look at what he has promised and did not keep. Look at where our jobs are or not at. Unemployment is high, more on welfare, and there is so much more this guy has done and passed law on than people realize. We don't need him again!

    September 26, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Since Romney has never worked at a real job and never actually produced a useable, durable good, he doesn't understand real workers. These are the people he says believes the world owes them a living and feels like they are victims. Romney is the most insulated, out-of-touch, child of privilege in history to run for president. If I ever voted for this big of a loser, I would be embarrassed to let anyone know.

    September 26, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. z.v

    Obama: an amazing man, God gave a gift to us, God Bless the President God Bless America.

    September 27, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  17. Fact

    The President is fighting to give every person in the United States a fair opportunity to succeed. That's the America dream of freedom. Being able to work hard and be rewarded for it with fair wages and opportunities. It's all about fairness.

    September 27, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  18. Gizmo

    Tell them Republican'ts like it is! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 AND BEYOND!!

    September 27, 2012 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    This state has swung like a pendelum which says they vote largely emotion and how do you all feel?
    Generally a lot of people are grateful for the support Obama gave the auto indusrty, and Ohio sorta feels good.
    So do not be surprised if House gains 2010 are reversed and the incumbent President carries this state again.
    I have a belief and suspicion that we Americans are fed up of a warring style Republican party, tax give aways to the rich and corporates that have not ( adequately) provably helped our economy/jobs, and with an as before Bush II solution to everything politically, economically, debt wise, and a strong will to keep warring and boots on the ground to nation build being still party policy and ideology.... ooops they forgot even a lot of Republicans dont want that anymore especially so called independent swing voters.
    The Republican parties problem Is not the man Mitt Romney a good intelligent man, who I can admire for his personal achievements but not the policies he has to pursue to get elected first to be the candidate and then has to try and temper down to get elected president with the tea partiers snapping at his heels at the slightest sign of ideological wavering.
    2012 Obama wins The senate remains in Democratic hands and the house gets a much reduced Republican majority... even a loss is possible.
    The way I hear it as i travel around alot and use the kiss technique to ask questions a very large number of people of all persuasions see the tea part as extreme and the major issue in the House and Senate, that needs to re-balanced.

    September 27, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  20. John Oboho

    "No Republican has managed to win the White House without without winning Ohio".Romney lost the election when he said "LET DETRIOT GO BANKRUPT".He should have known it means LET OHIO GO BANKRUPT.

    September 27, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |