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Obama Urges College Kids to Register to Vote

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- President Obama made an urgent push to get out the vote in the key battleground state of Ohio Tuesday, urging 15,000 supporters to register before time ran out.

“Today is the last day you can register. Now, I know it’s easy to procrastinate in college. I procrastinated a lot,” the president jokingly told students at the Ohio State University. “You’ve got until 9 p.m. tonight. No extensions. No excuses. I know you guys are up at 9 p.m. As you get older, you start thinking about sleeping around 9 p.m., but you guys are just getting started.”

Both Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in Ohio Tuesday as they compete for the state’s critical 18 electoral votes. No Republican has ever been elected president without winning Ohio. After his strong debate performance last week, Romney has ramped up his campaigning in the state.

“All right, Buckeyes. We need you. We need you fired up,” Obama said as he spoke alongside a giant “Vote Early” sign. “I need you voting. I need you fired up. I need you ready to go to vote because we’ve got some work to do. We’ve got an election to win. Everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. And I need your help to finish what we started.”

The president’s campaign has worked aggressively over the past three and a half years to boost its ground game in the Buckeye State.

“This is an inherent ground game advantage because we’ve been building relationships,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters traveling with the president. “We’ve been signing up grassroots leaders and organizing neighbor-to-neighbor programs. And ultimately we know it’s more than what the ads are that are on the airwaves. It’s more than the phone call that someone gets from the campaign staff to remind them to go and vote. It’s hearing from your neighbor … that it’s important to go vote, what the stakes are, and that’s always been a focus of our ground game.”

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President Obama Hits Romney Directly at First Re-election Rally

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — President Obama kicked off his re-election campaign rally on Saturday before a sea of Ohioans holding blue “Forward” signs at The Ohio State University.

Standing casually in shirtsleeves, the president for the first time drew direct contrasts between himself and the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, by name.

“Governor Romney is a patriotic American who’s raised a wonderful family” and has “much to be proud of” with his business successes, Obama said. “But I think he has drawn the wrong lessons from those experiences.”

“Somehow he and his friends in Congress think that the same bad ideas will lead to a different result, or they are just hoping you won’t remember what happened the last time we tried it their way,” he said of the Republican’s economic philosophy. “Ohio, I’m here to say we were there, we remember, and we are not going back. We are moving this country forward.”

The comments mark the debut of his “Forward” slogan, what the campaign hopes will be a continuance of the “Change” started four years ago. Aides say they believe the motto effectively sells Obama’s progress on the economy — including Friday’s lackluster jobs report — because a slow recovery is better than the alternative, going in the opposite direction.

He gave a nod to the anemic jobs picture and sluggish economic growth today:  “It will take a sustained, persistent effort — yours and mine — for America to fully recover [...] Now we face a choice. The last few years the Republicans who run this Congress have insisted we go right back to the policies that created this mess.

“And now after a long and spirited primary, Republicans in Congress have found a nominee for president who’s promised to rubber stamp this agenda if he gets the chance,” he said.

Obama said Ohioans “couldn’t afford” to give Romney that chance, and that this election was “a make or break moment for the middle class.”

The president repeatedly dinged Romney his party in congress for “out of touch” statements from the past: “Corporations aren’t people. People are people,” he said.

“My opponent said it was tragic to end the war in Iraq,” he said. “He said he won’t set a timeline for ending the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I intend to keep it.

“My opponent won’t tell us how he’d pay for his new $5 trillion tax cut, a tax cut that gives an average of $250,000 to every millionaire in this country,” he said. “But we know the bill for that tax cut will either be passed on to our children or it will be paid for by a whole lot of ordinary Americans. That’s what we know. And I refuse to let that happen again.

“We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood, or taking away access to affordable birth control,” he said. “We’re not going to eliminate the EPA, we’re not going to roll back bargaining rights that generations of workers fought for.”

Obama ran through a litany of familiar policy proposals — boosting college access, investing in clean energy technologies, funding more infrastructure projects — with the tagline, “That’s why I’m running for president.”

“On issue after issue we can’t afford to spend the next four years going backward,” he said.

Today’s remarks offer a good glimpse of how the Obama campaign’s strategy will play out in the months ahead, attempting to paint his rival in the same colors as the last occupant of the Oval Office, President George W. Bush. Similarly, the reelection effort is hoping to return to the grassroots student popularity that helped propel him to the White House in 2008.

Obama told the crowd he plans to win “the old fashioned way, door by door, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.”

“We have come too far to abandon the change we fought for these past few years,” he said. “We have to move forward to the future we imagined in 2008 where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. That’s the choice in this election and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”

The president asked voters if they had the “courage” to move forward.

There were 14,000 supporters at the stadium for the event, according to the local fire department.

First lady Michelle Obama introduced her husband at the event, after a number of democratic organizers and lawmakers. Sen. Sherrod Brown, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, and former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn were among those to take turns at the podium.

The Republican National Committee and Romney campaign released rebuttal statements to the president’s outing today. RNC chairman Reince Priebus says the president has failed to live up to the expectations he gave voters in the last election cycle.

“Three and a half years after running on hope and change, Barack Obama kicked off his campaign with more divisive rhetoric and showed us he really is running on hype and blame,” he said.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Americans in November will “hold him accountable for his broken promises and ineffective leadership.”

While today marks the first public event of Obama’s reelection effort, members of GOP contend recent official presidential travel to battleground states amounted to the same effect.

However, during the 2004 election Democrats leveled the same charge against then-President George W. Bush for stumping on tax-payer dollar.

The president now travels to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for another rally.

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Obama Concludes Tour with Campaign-Style Pitch for Green Energy

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- President Obama wrapped up his two-day, four-state energy tour Thursday with a rousing campaign-style speech in the battleground state of Ohio.

The trip ended just as it began, with the president blasting Republicans who say more drilling is the best solution to spiking gas prices.

”They make fun of clean energy,” the president told the rowdy crowd at Ohio State University of his GOP rivals. “They call the jobs produced by them phony jobs....They make jokes about them at their rallies.”

Once again, the president declined to name names. “Lately we’ve heard a lot of politicians, a lot of folks who are running for a certain office -- they shall go unnamed -- they dismiss wind power.  They dismiss solar power,” he said, laughing.

While the president touted increased drilling under his administration, he argued that investments in green energy would ultimately ease the pain at the pump.

"The point is, there will always be cynics and naysayers who just want to keep on doing the same things the same way that we’ve always done them,”  he said. “We’ve got a choice....We can keep developing new energy and new technology that uses less oil, or we can listen to these folks who actually believe that the only thing we can do is drill our way out of this problem."

Facing election-year attacks from Republicans for the rising cost of oil, and with 65 percent of the public disapproving of his handling of gas prices, the president has spent the last two days defending his all-of-the-above approach with stops in Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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