Presidential politics: Why Ohio is the 'big one' + President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift

Posted at: 10/24/2012 7:12 AM
By: Ken Preston -- Political Blogger

Presidential politics: Why Ohio is the 'big one'

It’s The Mother of ALL battleground states!

President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney have targeted Ohio with incessant campaigning, a slew of television ads and nonstop political phone calls. The importance of the Buckeye State cannot be overstated: Ohio has not voted for the loser in the presidential election since 1960.

In other words, as goes Ohio, so goes the nation.

"They're just going to badger voters over and over again until they cast a ballot," said Paul A. Beck, a political science professor at the Ohio State University. "It doesn't really matter where they pick up the votes, so the campaigns are everywhere. They're visiting all over the state and running ads everywhere."


President Obama's 11th-hour strategy shift

Everything was going great for Barack Obama until about 9:04 on the night of Oct. 3, when Mitt Romney startled everybody by refusing to live up to his caricature as The Worst Candidate Ever.

Romney’s late-game comeback — an unexpected assertion of presidential competence in front of 67 million viewers — robbed Obama of his momentum and forced the president’s team to make a subtle yet significant change to their closing argument in the critical last two weeks of the 2012 campaign.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82796.html#ixzz2ADDBJSXH

President Obama’s plan for his second term.

This election is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America: President Obama is fighting to grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down. Mitt Romney wants to go back to the exact same policies that caused the recession and hurt the middle class. Read the President’s plan. Forward Not Backward.