Elections 2012: President Obama and Mitt Romney Both to Speak in Ohio Today

Two main rivals for presidency are to be in the same state for the first time.

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is to go toe-to-toe today in the battleground state of Ohio at almost exactly the same time - but at opposite ends of the state. Photo: Barack Obama/Flickr

President Obama is scheduled to speak at 1:45 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Community College recreation center, Cleveland while Mitt Romney scheduled a policy address in Cincinnati for 1:50 p.m.

The Obama campaign reported, the President will outline the choice in the election as between “a vision for moving our country forward, ensuring that our economy is built to last and restoring economic security for the middle class.”

“Mitt Romney’s vision is based on the same failed economic policies that brought on the worst crisis since the Great Depression.”

“Romney Economics is familiar and troubling: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy; fewer rules for Wall Street – the same formula that benefited a few, but that crashed our economy and devastated the middle class,” the Obama campaign added.

Ohio spokesman for the Romney campaign, Chris Maloney, said the campaign timing was mere coincidence. Mr. Romney was already scheduled for a campaign fund-raiser Wednesday evening in the Cincinnati area, writes Toledo Blade.

“Governor Romney will outline his vision for his first 100 days in office and address American competitiveness with China,” Mr. Maloney said.

Russ Schriefer, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, added that Mr. Obama’s campaign messaging is falling flat as the president has failed in his pledge to fix the economy in three years.

“Just last Friday we heard the president say the private sector economy is doing just fine. He later on had to backtrack, and Democrats have come out and said of course it’s not doing fine,” Mr. Schriefer said. He went on and added Mr. Obama has had to “pivot” frequently to address jobs.

On Wednesday, the Republican candidate predicted Obama’s speech in Cleveland would have soaring rhetoric but little else.

“My own view is that he will speak eloquently but that words are cheap,” Romney said, accusing Obama of lacking the ideas and business know-how to make a difference in growth and hiring.

“He is not responsible for whatever improvement we might be seeing,” he added. “Instead he’s responsible for the fact that it has taken so long to see this recovery, and the recovery is so tepid.”

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich had been scheduled to speak to President Obama via telephone conference call with reporters, but he canceled as it would have undermined the tone he had set earlier in the day in a speech to the state Senate on bipartisanship.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols explained that the governor had just given somewhat impromptu remarks to the Ohio Senate reviewing the accomplishments of the legislative session.

“The speech was talking about bipartisanship and all we’ve accomplished. We’ve passed legislation that fundamentally improved the state,” Mr. Nichols said. He continued and added that “the President’s policies are bad for Ohio.”

“However, there is a time and a place to make those arguments, and unfortunately this is not either the time or the place, given his speech earlier today,” Mr. Nichols said.

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