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The Suburbanite
  • Campaign trail runs through Buckeye State

  • The issue: The 2012 presidential election

    Our view: Ohio is the heart of it all, and the candidates have been quick to realize it

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  • The issue: The 2012 presidential election
    Our view: Ohio is the heart of it all, and the candidates have been quick to realize it
    In 2008, then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama announced his historic run for the presidency in his adopted state of Illinois. On May 5, the president launched his reelection campaign from the Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus.
    On May 6, Mitt Romney’s campaign bus was spotted in Columbus. The next day, Romney made a campaign stop at a plant in Cleveland.
    And on Wednesday and Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Mahoning Valley.
    Last week, Steubenville was at the center of a New York Times feature on how Obama’s race could impact his chances for re-election.
    Meanwhile, Obama and Biden tout the resurrection of GM, which directly benefits such cities as Toledo and Twinsburg. But Romney is countering that the president’s economic policies have not helped but rather hurt Ohioans, particularly those in rural pockets where unemployment is in double digits.
    One thing is clear: For the next six months, the Buckeye State will be the “Bull’s-Eye State.”
    Even the most casual student of presidential politics knows that, with few exceptions, the road to Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Ohio, one of nine swing states.
    No Republican has ever become president without Ohio’s help, and only two Democrats during the past 100 years have managed to win the White House without winning the state. Obama and Romney, who are deadlocked in the poll, are courting and criss-crossing Ohio with an ardor that will intensify as we roll toward November. Wait until the robo-calls start.
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    Across 32 NFL cities, hope springs eternal during the NFL Draft. It is a feeling that lasts — usually — until the start of training camp.
    Except in Cleveland.
    Browns fans were dealt a kick to the stomach last week when promising defensive tackle Phil Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle. He didn’t tear it making a tackle. He tore it lifting weights.
    Taylor, Cleveland’s 2011 first-round draft pick, had a solid rookie season. He was a ray of light in an otherwise dark season.
    Sure, there are still plenty of reasons to remain optimistic about Cleveland’s 2012 season. Trent Richardson looks like he’ll be a terror in the backfield, providing he doesn’t tear a tendon in his hand signing his contract. And quarterback Brandon Weeden seems as if he has the right demeanor for the job. Time will tell if he has the talent.
    Hopefully Taylor’s likely season-ending injury marks the end of bad fate for the Browns this offseason.
    As we welcome Browns coach Pat Shurmur to Stark County today as the season-ending speaker at the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, let us hope things start to look up for the Browns.