10:0: President Obama departs the White House
11:35: Arrives Bowling Green, Ohio
1:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Bowling Green State University
2:35: Departs Bowling Green
3:15: Arrives in Kent, Ohio
5:30: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Kent State University, Ohio
7:00: Departs Kent, Ohio
8:25: Arrives at the White House
USA Today: If a new polls are any guide, President Obama has big leads in two states that could nail down his re-election: Ohio and Florida.
Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by ten points – 53%-43% – in Ohio, according to the Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News survey.
Obama’s lead is nine points in Florida, 53%-44%.
The president also leads Romney by 12 points in Pennsylvania, a state the Democrats have carried in five straight presidential elections.
Alec MacGillis (TNR): Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are embarked on a multi-day bus tour of Ohio, even as Karl Rove is openly speculating about whether the Republicans ought to start thinking about doing what they’ve never done before – chart an Ohio-less route to the White House. “Look, there are 11 different ways to win without Ohio,” Rove said on Fox News Monday night.
Yes, it’s come to that: the man who secured George W. Bush’s reelection with a tremendous turnout effort in Ohio in 2004 is now on the verge of declaring the Buckeye State a lost cause. And that was before the latest Ohio poll came out, the Washington Post one this morning that has Obama up eight.
It’s worth stepping back to consider how remarkable this state of affairs is. Since Barack Obama started running for president, Ohio was supposed to be his Achilles heel.
Full post here
Great poll news ….. but, we know what they’re capable of, eg:
Washington Post: …. On Monday, the U.S. Senate campaign of Timothy M. Kaine began getting reports from concerned supporters in the Hampton Roads region: Someone was sending them anonymous text messages accusing Kaine of calling for a “radical new tax on all Americans.” The text included Kaine’s campaign phone number, and urged people to call him and tell him not to raise their taxes.
Washington Post: For the past year, as the presidential election unfolded, President Barack Obama confronted a dizzying swell of economic news — hiring up, hiring down, a euro crisis abroad, seesawing gasoline prices at the pump, foreclosures dragging down home values.
Six weeks before the election, those highs and lows are merging into a straighter line which, while below optimum performance, is moving in a positive direction for the country and for the president in his contest with Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Consumer confidence is at its highest level since February. Home values are up and, more important in the election season, housing prices in 20 major cities, many of them in battleground states, rose in July. Despite recent declines, the stock market has been on an upswing, adding value to Americans’ 401(k) retirement plans.
Once in a blue moon, Politico is worth a link …. you’ve seen it already, but it’s worth another look😎
Politico: Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook.
“I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday.
Coming from a resident of Iowa, a state where people are polite even to soybeans, this was a powerful condemnation of the Republican nominee.
Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”
See Steve Benen on ‘The Stench’ here – thanks LadyHawke
Love this from Dotster: “This is hysterical just for the screen capture of the looks on the faces of Barack and Michelle on The View as Elisabeth is firing off her angry tirade nonsense.” (See Mediaite)