Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Two Candidates in the Buckeye State

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President Barack Obama descended upon the Buckeye state on Wednesday at two college campuses, Bowling Green State University and Kent State University. Obama is devoting his time to a constituency, college voters, that turned out in overwhelming numbers for the 2008 election. However, many college-aged students have lost faith in Obama’s motto of change and can be classified as undecided voters.

Romney kicked off day two of his bus tour targeting the middle class and how his presidency would benefit the population more than another 4 years with President Obama. He held a rally in a high school gymnasium where he focused on the national deficit and was introduced by an Ohio native and prominent golfer, Jack Nicklaus. Romney then held a roundtable discussion focusing on the economy and recruited the help of Dirty Jobs host, Mike Rowe, to provide a manufacturing angle. Romney inserted empathetic tones into his speech by saying his “heart aches” for families who are struggling. 

With both candidates in the battleground state, a Washington Post poll was released that has Obama at a 8 point lead while a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll was also released that has Obama with a 10 point lead in the election. When asked about poll results, Romney’s political director Rich Beeson showed confidence in the Romney machine, “The public polls are what they are. I feel confident where we are.”


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