Ohio is one of the hot battleground states in the 2012 election. Once again both Democratic and Republican contenders for the White House are courting votes in the Buckeye State. Earlier this week both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney attempted to persuade Ohioans to cast a ballot in their direction this November. Obama’s charisma will be far less effective this time around. Three years of failed policies, continued unemployment and government waste will not easily be erased from the minds of voters.
Ohio’s 18 electoral votes are up for grabs. Neither candidate should count on party loyalty to turn the state in their favor. Catchy phrases and blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation’s current problems will not coerce enough Ohioans to believe that Obama deserves a second term.