Obama focuses on middle class during Cincinnati speech
Dayton Daily News // Lynn Hulsey
President Barack Obama speaking today in Cincinnati contrasted his view of the future with that of his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, saying that Romney’s plans favor the rich while Obama’s favor the middle class. “We have two different visions of how to move the country forward. My hope is this election helps us resolve once and for all how to move the country forward,” said Obama to a crowd of 1,600 at Cincinnati Music Hall’s ballroom. Obama spoke for an hour, first giving a speech and then taking questions from the audience.
Release the returns, Mr. Romney
Washington Post // Editorial
The probing and investigating is a chance to examine all the ups and downs of a career, the critical moments and life experiences that might foretell how a president will make decisions. This is why, as we said months ago, Mitt Romney’s tax returns are important. He has described himself as a successful capitalist who took risks and created wealth, a laudable credential. Voters would benefit by seeing and evaluating the details of that story, including through his tax records.
First lady to lead new campaign mobilizing effort
Associated Press // Nancy Benac
Taking on a more prominent political role, first lady Michelle Obama is launching a nationwide effort to motivate every supporter of President Barack Obama to get more involved in his re-election campaign – and bring along somebody else, too. The “It Takes One” program urges supporters to make a difference in this election, and to “start by taking one action that will help grow our campaign,” Mrs. Obama says. In a three-minute video message to supporters being released Thursday, the first lady tells supporters that with a tighter election than 2008 likely this fall, “in the end it could all come down to those last few thousand votes in a single state.”
Biden touts manufacturing renaissance in Ohio
Columbus Dispatch // Joe Hallett
Hailing a “renaissance happening here in Ohio,” Vice President Joe Biden today said manufacturing is back in the nation under the Obama administration, creating “jobs you can build a family on.” In a 28-minute speech to several hundred supporters at the Plumbers & Pipefitters local 189 headquarters on Kinnear Rd., Biden portrayed Mitt Romney as a wealthy outsourcer of jobs and his own fortune, saying the Republican presidential candidate would carry those priorities with him to the White House.
President Barack Obama slams Mitt Romney, fires up supporters at Jacksonville rally
Miami Herald // Mary Ellen Klas, Marc Caputo
Four years after running against the teetering economy, President Barack Obama returned to Jacksonville Thursday, the same place he used to draw a stark contrast to John McCain, who in 2008 memorably told a Jacksonville audience after the fall of Lehman Brothers that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” This time, Obama deflected criticism of a national economy still staggering under his watch and told a much smaller crowd that Wall Street’s “culture of anything goes” and the nation’s record debt are among the factors that continue to threaten the future of the middle class.