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Former Gov. Ted Strickland ‘Happy’ About President Obama’s Ohio Chances

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said he’s confident about President  Obama’s chances in the Buckeye State, despite polls that show a slight tightening in the race after Obama’s lackluster performance in the first presidential debate.

“The latest poll that I see has the president at 51 to 45 or 56 percent, and I’ll take that,” Strickland said during an ABC News/Yahoo News livestream show on Thursday. “Ohio’s a closely contested state. It will be a very close election, but any time the president is over 50 percent, I’m a happy guy.”

Strickland, an Obama surrogate, said that the Ohio economy is recovering thanks to Obama’s policies, which has helped boost the president in voters’ minds.

“The president and this administration I think has been really good for Ohio,” Strickland said. “We’re back on track and Ohioans understand that.”

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Ted Strickland Slams Romney’s Off-Shore Accounts

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(MAUMEE, Ohio) -- At the kick-off rally for President Obama’s first campaign bus tour of the election season, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a co-chair of the Obama 2012 campaign, assailed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s off-shore accounts.

“Oh, what a contrast, my friends, between these two men who would be president!” Strickland said, standing outside the Wolcott House Museum. “President Obama is betting on America and American workers, and Mitt Romney is betting his resources in the Cayman Islands, in Bermuda, in Switzerland and God only knows where else he is putting his resources.”

Strickland was referring to media-led investigations into legal – but politically controversial — off shore accounts Romney has held, in apparent efforts to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Romney had not disclosed some of these accounts in previous public filings.

“Think about it, think of this, a man who wants to be the president of the United States took his great wealth, and instead of investing that great wealth in America, the country he hopes to lead, he somehow chose to find the tax haven, Switzerland, where he opened up a bank account,” Strickland said. “He invested in the Cayman islands, has a corporation in Bermuda, and he took money from shadowy south American investors when he started Bain Capital and now my friends, he conveniently has decided that he will not release his income tax returns. Doesn’t it make you wonder what Mitt Romney is trying to hide from the American people?”

The Obama campaign earlier today released a web video assailing Romney on the issue, with senior campaign officials emailing and tweeting the stories to reporters.

“President Obama is the in-sourcer of jobs and Mitt Romney is the outsourcer of jobs,” Strickland added, referring to a June 21 Washington Post report suggesting the private equity firm Romney once helmed was an innovator in the technique of sending jobs overseas – a story the Romney campaign hotly disputes.

In a statement, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said, “President Obama once said, ‘If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.’ Now it’s President Obama who doesn’t have a record to run on, so he and his campaign have resorted to false and ridiculous attacks. His policies have failed to fix the economy and create jobs for the middle class. Mitt Romney has the record and plan to create jobs and turn around the economy.”

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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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Exclusive: Ohio Gov. Strickland Applauds the President, Health Care

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- You don't hear many embattled Democrats praising the president, the health care bill or the congressional leadership. But that’s exactly what Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland did in an interview with ABC News.

The incumbent governor is locked in an uphill battle with former congressman John Kasich, who leads Strickland 51-41 percent according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.

“Barack Obama did not cause this national recession. The Democratic leadership in Congress did not cause this national recession. It was the result of eight years of mismanagement in Washington and during those years George Bush and Dick Cheney were in charge and what happened on Wall Street,” the governor said. “The amnesia is troublesome because people have seem to have forgotten what led us to where we are today.” 

Recent polling in Ohio suggests voters do blame the president. Perhaps no state has swung more dramatically away from President Obama and the Democratic Party as Ohio. The president, who won the battleground state back in 2008 over Sen. John McCain, carrying a number of Democrats with him to Washington, now has an approval rating of just 40 percent among Ohio voters.

Despite the president’s unpopularity in the Buckeye State, the president and first lady made a campaign stop in Ohio Sunday, a move Strickland said will help, not hurt, his chances of being reelected.

Strickland insists that his party can still pull out a victory.

“I don’t think it looks bad for Democrats in Ohio,” he told ABC News.  “We are working like a salmon going upstream, but I remind people, those salmon make it. They get up there, they spawn, they overcome the obstacles. I think I’m going to win and I think many of my fellow Democrats are going to win.”

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Democrats Brace For a Bloodbath in Ohio

Photo Courtesy - Ohio Office of the Governor(CLEVELAND) -- Democrats are bracing for a political bloodbath in Ohio. Perhaps no state has swung more dramatically away from the Democratic Party over the past two years.

John Kasich, former chairman of the House Budget Committee and Republican candidate for governor, is feeling confident about his chances of victory in November, and a poll released Tuesday from Quinnipiac University might be a good indication why:  Kasich leads Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, 51 percent to 41 percent, with just seven percent of Ohio voters undecided.

Strickland is continuing the fight.  He rallied supporters and campaign volunteers Tuesday at a Cleveland union hall.  He was one of the most popular governors in America two years ago, but supporters say he is a victim of the current political climate.  Strickland's job approval rating among Ohio voters in the Quinnipiac poll is now lower than even President Obama's, looming at 39 percent.

When ABC News caught up with Strickland Tuesday in Cleveland, he was realistic about his chances.

"I'm not sitting here telling you that I am going to win.  That's yet to be determined," he said.  "But I'm telling you that I think I'm going to win, and know we will win if we carry out our plan."

With early and absentee voting almost a month underway, the Democratic game plan is to use the same organization that helped Barack Obama win big here two years ago to get voters to the polls, and to get them there early.

In Cuyahoga County, where tens of thousands of ballots have already arrived and are being sorted, an undeniable enthusiasm gap is emerging.  According to the county board of elections, Republicans are voting at twice the rate they did in 2008.

And it's not just the gubernatorial race where Democrats are in trouble.  They trail badly in the Senate race to replace retiring Republican Senator George Voinovich, and six of the ten Democratic House members here are in danger of losing, according to the ABC News analysis.

"People are in a surly mood," Strickland told ABC News Tuesday.  "Many of them are angry, as they should be.  I am angry, but I want the anger to be directed toward those who caused the problem."

An unemployment rate over 10 percent, the ninth highest in the nation, certainly doesn't make voters happy with the party in power, a sentiment echoed by former Rep. Kasich.

"There's only three issues that matter in the voters' minds, and that's jobs, jobs, jobs," he said.  Ohio voters believe by 52 percent to 38 percent that Kasich would do the better job rebuilding Ohio's economy.  They gave Strickland a measly 36 percent approval rating for the way he is handling the economy as the state's top official.

It's hard to overstate the importance of Ohio in these midterm elections.  Republicans are unlikely to win back the House this year if they do not win big in Ohio.

"Ohio's the firewall. They need to win Ohio," Kasich said.

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