President Barack Obama made his first visit to Northwest Ohio this year when he spoke to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters at the Wolcott House Museum in Maumee. The President was expected to arrive around 11:30 a.m. but the crowd had lined up for several hours before that. Mr. Obama chose Maumee as the first stop on his "Betting on America" tour. The President spoke for about thirty minutes; topics included the resurgence of the US car industry and healthcare. "When the auto industry was on the brink of collapse, Governor Romney wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt, but I refused to turn my back on communities like this one," President Obama said.
The President also told the crowd that Republicans need to accept the Supreme Court ruling on his signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act. "The law I passed is here to stay; it's time to move forward," Mr. Obama said.
Sherry Collins was one of the hundreds of people in the audience. She said the speech energized her. "I think he did an excellent job, talking about his dreams for the middle class and he also talked about the Affordable Care Act," Ms. Collins said.
The President's two day bus tour continued onto Sandusky, Ohio and Parma, Ohio. It will conclude with a stop in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Ohio has emerged as a key battleground state in the presidential election. Recent polls show Obama leading Mitt Romney by a few percentage points. The Buckeye state has gone with the winner in every presidential election since 1964.