Obama, Romney Campaign
in Ohio, Polls Show Tight Race
October 09, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are
taking their campaigns to the key political battleground state of Ohio
Tuesday, as they seek to win over voters four weeks before the election.
Obama will appeal to supporters at Ohio State University in Columbus
while Romney will hold a rally in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Ohio is one of the so-called swing states that could help decide the
outcome of the November election.
The campaigning in Ohio comes as several polls indicate Romney is
The latest Pew Research Center poll of likely voters shows 49 percent
would cast ballots for Romney if the election were held today, compared
to 45 percent for Obama.
A Public Policy Polling survey shows Romney ahead of Obama, 49 percent
to 47 percent.
However, the latest Gallup tracking poll shows the president leading
Romney, 50 percent to 45 percent. Romney's numbers were higher in the
previous Gallup poll, conducted after the first presidential debate.
The 2012 Presidential Debate Schedule
Moderator asks questions on domestic policy
Town hall meeting in which undecided voters ask
questions on domestic, foreign issues
Moderator asks questions on foreign policy
Most observers say
Romney won the October 3 debate. The two presidential contenders will
hold a second debate next week, with citizens posing questions on both
domestic and foreign issues. A third debate, focusing on foreign policy,
will take place later this month.
Despite losing ground in the polls to Romney following the first debate,
Obama told supporters at a fundraising event Monday night that he "very
much" intends to win the election. He urged his backers to be "almost
obsessive" in their efforts until Election Day.
Earlier Monday, Romney accused the president of being a weak leader,
especially regarding the Middle East.
his first major foreign policy speech of the campaign, Romney said that
under President Obama, the United States has been at the mercy of events
rather than using what the Republican challenger called its "great power
to shape history."
Romney accused the president of failing to lead in Syria, called the
U.S. withdrawal of forces from Iraq "abrupt," and said the United States
and Israel are growing apart, which he says has emboldened Iran.
Romney also said there will be no flexibility with Russia on missile
defense in Europe.
The Obama campaign swiftly responded to the Romney speech, saying there
is a good reason the president leads Romney in the polls on national
security, citing the end to the war in Iraq and the killing of al-Qaida
chief Osama bin Laden.