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In Rainy Cleveland, Obama Slams Romney’s Debate ‘Tap Dance’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(CLEVELAND) -- Speaking before thousands of soggy supporters at a rainy Cleveland rally, President Obama Friday afternoon unveiled some new zingers against Mitt Romney’s claims in Wednesday night’s debate.

“My opponent, he was doing a lot of, a little tap dance at the debate the other night, trying to wiggle out of stuff he’s been saying for a year,” Obama told a crowd of 9,000 in the pouring rain at Cleveland State University.

“It was like ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Or maybe it was ‘Extreme Makeover’ debate edition,” the drenched president said to laughter from poncho-clad supporters. “No matter what he says, my opponent, he’s a big believer of these top-down economics. He thinks that if we spend another $5 trillion on tax cuts that favor the wealthiest, we get rid of more regulations on Wall Street, all of our problems are going to be solved. Jobs and prosperity will rain down from the sky.”

“I know I’m preaching to the choir here because you all are standing in the rain,” he added. “But a little rain never hurt anybody. Some of these policies from the other side could hurt a whole lot of folks.”

Obama continued to attack Romney for saying he would cut funding for public broadcasting to help reduce the nation’s deficit.

“For all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry, somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird. Elmo, you better make a run for it,” Obama joked. “Gov. Romney is going to let Wall Street run wild again, but he’s going to bring the hammer down on ‘Sesame Street.’”

“Boo,” the audience replied.

“You want me to save Big Bird?” Obama asked as the crowd erupted into chants of “Save Big Bird!”

After the rally, the president made a surprise visit to the Cleveland West Side Market, where he stopped by the aptly named Michelle’s Bakery.

“It is no coincidence that I’m stopping at Michelle’s Bakery,” Obama said, according to reports. “I just want to point that out. And she spells it the right way, with two Ls.”

Obama ordered a variety of baked goods, including a piece of pumpkin cheesecake and zucchini bread, and insisted on having his picture taken in front of the sign that read, “Michelle’s Bakery.”

The president then worked his way around the other vendors, chatting with the patrons and proprietors. When he asked the owner of Rolston Poultry how business was going, the man light-heartedly replied, “terrible since you got here.”

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Embattled Obama Makes Ohio Focus of Post-Caucus Push

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- After a lavish Hawaiian holiday hiatus, President Obama resumes his campaign to try to claim the mantle of “warrior for the middle class” with a speech in Cleveland Wednesday, wasting no time after the Iowa Caucus to put his mark on the national political debate.

Visiting a suburban high school where he held a town hall meeting about his health care reform push two-and-a-half years ago, Obama will chart his course into the polarized political landscape of 2012, highlighting a philosophical divide with Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail -- a theme he first rolled out last fall.

Obama will redouble, “his commitment to do everything he can as president, working with Congress and independently from Congress, to grow the economy and create jobs, to protect the middle class, to expand it and to make the middle class more accessible to those who aspire to it,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday.

But the talking points aside, Obama’s visit to the Buckeye State -- his fourth since announcing a bid for re-election in April -- also underscores what his re-election campaign believes will be ground zero for a tough re-election battle in November.

Obama won Ohio by five points over John McCain in 2008, carrying 52 percent of the vote.  But his support there has significantly waned -- and the economy he promised to revive as a presidential contender continues to sputter under his watch.

Fifty-five percent of Ohioans in a Quinnipiac University poll last month said they disapproved of how Obama has handled his job.  And in hypothetical general election match-ups with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Obama is statistically tied.

No candidate for president since 1960 has won a general election without carrying Ohio.

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'Defy the Conventional Wisdom,' Obama Urges Democrats

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CLEVELAND) -- President Obama closed out his heavy campaign schedule with a spirited rally Sunday in the basketball gym at Cleveland State University, begging Democratic voters to turn out to save incumbents, including Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

"You can defy the conventional wisdom," he shouted. "Don't let anyone tell you your vote doesn't make a difference."

Ohio is also home to John Boehner, the Republican leader of the House who would become speaker and second in the line of succession to the presidency if Republicans win control of the House, as many experts predict.

The White House has announced no formal schedule for the president in the final 36 hours before the polls open Tuesday.

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