On his ninth visit to Ohio and third to Columbus, President Barack Obama brought sugar to a sunny backyard discussion for families struggling amid the recession and red meat to a rally for Democrats struggling to hold off a Republican surge.
With his job-approval numbers flagging, Obama returned to the battleground state he won handily in 2008 to convince voters that his economic policies are beginning to pay dividends in the form of new jobs and to exhort Democrats to turn back an expected GOP juggernaut at the Nov. 2 midterm election.
“Slowly but surely, we are moving in the right direction. We’re on the right track,” Obama told a group of about 40 in the backyard of Rhonda and Joe Weithman’s home, a Cape Cod on quiet E. Kanawha Avenue in Clintonville.
The president acknowledged that times remain tough – Ohio’s unemployment rate of 10.5 percent is a full percentage point above the national rate – saying, “We’ve made progress, but let’s face it, the progress hasn’t been fast enough.”
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