Ohio used to call itself “the heart of it all,” because of the state’s purported heart-like shape and central location. This presidential election, Ohio truly seems to be the heart of it all.
You can’t walk around downtown Columbus without hearing about a political event. This afternoon, Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave a speech at the Ohio Statehouse for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. President Obama showed up a bit later for his own event in German Village. I was working at my desk when I heard the distinctive sound of a presidential motorcade rolling past, with sirens blaring and deep klaxon-like horns barking. The President stopped at the hotel a block from my office, where the street was blocked off by police cars and motorcycles and those huge black Secret Service SUVs.
Hey, Mr. President! Could you keep it down the next time you come to town? I’m trying to wrap up a conference call here!
Some polls have indicated that the President has a growing lead in Ohio. If that is true — and I’m a bit skeptical of polls — I’m not seeing it. More importantly, the campaigns certainly aren’t acting that way. I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of President Obama and Mitt Romney, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, and their high-profile surrogates, here in the heart of it all. From all appearances, President Obama and Mitt Romney are going to be fighting tooth and nail up until Election Day to try to win the Buckeye State.