Entries in Cincinnati (5)


Stevie Wonder Rocks Obama Rally in Ohio

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(CINCINNATI) -- President Obama often exits the stage at the end of his campaign rallies to the recordings of Motown legend Stevie Wonder.  On Sunday night, he left the stage to the real thing.

As Obama wrapped his rally in Cincinnati, his third of four campaign events on Sunday, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” blasted through the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena.

The president started to wave to the enthusiastic crowd and then did a double take.  There, off to the side of the stage, was Stevie Wonder, belting out his classic tune.

Obama walked back up to the mic and announced, “Stevie Wonder,” although he could barely be heard above the impromptu concert.  The president swayed back and forth and enjoyed the music briefly before getting to work, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

Stevie Wonder also revved up the crowd before the president’s speech, putting Obama’s “fired up, ready to go” rallying cry to music.

Stevie Wonder is one of the many famous musicians coming out to support the president in the final days of the campaign.  Katy Perry and Dave Matthews performed at his rallies on Saturday.  On Monday, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z will lend their star power to the president’s last day on the trail.

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Obama Heckled in Cincinnati by Abortion Protester

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- President Obama was interrupted by a rowdy heckler just minutes into his rally in the critical battleground of Ohio Sunday night.

The anti-abortion protester held up a cardboard sign that read “this moral wrong should never be a constitutional right.”  The sign included some grisly medical photographs.

The older, grey-haired man, who was holding the sign upside down, shouted persistently from the upper balcony of the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena in what sounded like a full-throated holler.

The enthusiastic crowd of 13,500 responded quickly, drowning out the heckler with deafening chants of “four more years!”

“It’s okay… It’s okay,” the president said in response.

The man grabbed the balcony railing and resisted mightily when four law enforcement officials tried to force him out.  The heckler was ultimately removed from the event.

A few moments later, another man standing at the back of the gymnasium interrupted the president again as he was talking about superstorm Sandy.  He too was escorted out of the arena.

“These might have been some Tennessee Titans fans who were mad at the Bears beating them really badly today,” Obama joked before launching back into his stump speech.

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Mitt Romney Wins Washington Caucuses

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney won the Washington Republican presidential caucuses Saturday.

With 93 percent of the expected vote reporting, Romney led with 37 percent. Ron Paul (25 percent), Santorum (24 percent), and Newt Gingrich (11 percent) followed. The Washington Republican Party has not yet released final results.

“The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House. They want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector and knows how to get the federal government out of the way so that the economy can once again grow vigorously,” Romney said in a statement released by his campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor held a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday night as the results were tabulated.

ABC and other outlets will project the allocation of Washington’s 43 delegates based on the final results of Saturday’s caucuses. Those delegates will be officially allocated at Washington’s May 31-June 2 state convention.

In addition to casting “straw-poll” votes for presidential candidates, Washington Republicans elected delegates to that state convention in Saturday’s precinct caucuses.

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Obama to Take Infrastructure Jobs Pitch to Cincinnati

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will bring his jobs pitch to Cincinnati Sept. 22 to deliver remarks at the crumbling Brent Spence Bridge and highlight the need to invest in infrastructure and pass the American Jobs Act.

The bridge, which opened in 1963, is one the busiest trucking routes in the country but has been deemed “functionally obsolete.”  It also just so happens to link House Speaker John Boehner’s home state of Ohio to Kentucky, the home of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

The president highlighted the bridge in his address to Congress last week, touting it as a project that could help put unemployed construction workers back on the job.  However, there are currently no approved plans to repair or replace the Brent Spence bridge so it is unlikely that immediate federal money would be used to fix the decaying bridge.  Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2014.

“If Congress passes the American Jobs Act, we can put more Americans back to work while getting repairs like this one done,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday, while insisting that the location of the president’s event was not at all political.

Carney did concede, however, that the decision to highlight this bridge was not a coincidence.

“It’s not a coincidence in that it’s a bridge that is one we can get to and highlight from the White House on a day trip that absolutely illustrates the problem we have with the infrastructure in this country -- roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure,” he said.

This will be Obama’s second visit to Ohio to tout his jobs plan and his fourth stop outside of Washington.  So far Obama’s campaign to sell the American Jobs Act has brought him only to critical swing states.

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Freshman Ohio Rep. in Tough Rematch with Predecessor

Photo Courtesy - Steve Driehaus for Congress(CINCINNATI) -- Two years ago, disaffected voters here helped elect Barack Obama president and also elected Democrat Steve Driehaus to Congress -- sending Steve Chabot, the Republican who represented them for seven terms in the House, packing. Now, in a rematch that most political insiders have declared an all-but-certain defeat for the Democrat, Cincinnati-area voters seem poised to return their old congressman to Washington.

"The nature of this district makes it a tight race," Driehaus said, calling this an election that's "going to go down to the wire."

The widely-held conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. is that the first congressional district of Ohio is a sure win, and a return to Congress, for Chabot. ABC News rates the race as being one that "Leans Republican."

What's changed in Ohio's first Congressional district since 2008?

"Well, two years ago, Barack Obama got a lot of people out to vote in this area who had never voted before, and I think that was the big difference," said Robert "Bo" Bemmes, the Republican mayor of Reading, a Cincinnati suburb in the district with a population of about 11,000. "With what's happened in the last two years, I don't think that enthusiasm will be maintained."

In representing a state that has an unemployment rate that exceeds the 9.6 percent national average, the incumbent Democrat has been hammered by his opponent for supporting the economic stimulus, health care reform and the Democrats' energy plan.

Driehaus said in this climate, some voters who embraced him two years ago are being turned off by what he called "intentional misinformation" about his record.

"It's a challenge this time," Driehaus admits. "Not in terms of mobilization of the base, but [sensing] where the swing is -- where the independent voters are, and what information they're listening to."

"Are they getting it from cable news? Are they getting it from radio? Are they getting it from the internet?" Driehaus asked.

In his ads, Chabot accuses Driehaus of siding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the expense of his constituents.

"Instead of standing up for us, he rolled over for his party leaders," Chabot says in the ad that greets visitors to his website. 

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