In the 2012 presidential election the magic number is 270. That is the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. And with less than 6 weeks to go before Election Day it is becoming increasingly clear that Ohio's 18 electoral votes will likely determine the winner. Further evidence of Ohio's importance in the election is that on Wednesday both President Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney were both campaigning in Northwest Ohio.
More than 5,000 people filled the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University to hear a forty five minute speech from the President. "I don't believe we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims, who never take responsibility for their own lives; I look at this crowd here and I don't see victims, I see a lot of hard working Ohioans," Mr. Obama said.
BGSU student Seth Melchor introduced President Obama. "Yeah, I talked to him both before and after and you can't describe the feeling when he came up to me, I mean how do you introduce yourself," Mr. Melchor said.
The President's appearance in Bowling Green on Wednesday was the President's 13th trip to Ohio in 2012.