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President Obama: "I need you to stand with me, Ohio"

The US President visited Ohio the day before the Democratic Convention, and spoke about economic recovery.

Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Press Association Images

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA visited the swing state of Ohio yesterday, the day before the Democratic party’s convention.

The convention will take place today in Charlotte, North Caroline, and both the president and his wife Michelle will speak at it.

Speaking to union workers in Toledo yesterday, Obama told them:

I need you to stand with me, Ohio.

Speaking about his opponent in the presidential race, Republican nominee Mitt Romney, he said that “when Governor Romney had the chance to let you in on the secret sauce of job creation, he didn’t offer you a single new idea”.

He said that instead, Romney would be offering “the same policies sticking it to middle class in the last few years”. Using a sporting metaphor, he said:

The problem is everyone’s already seen his economic playbook. We know what’s in it.

The BBC reports that Obama used the slogan “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive” during his speech. He said he stood with American workers and American manufacturing, mentioning the auto industry’s comeback.

The New York Times said this was the fourth time that President Obama had spent Labor Day with union workers in a swing state.

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