Four More Years, Or Time For Change: President Obama Hits Campaign Trail in Ohio (With Photos)

By Nina Settappa
By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

November 2, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM EDT

LIMA, Ohio. (www.incnow.tv) - The campaign for President reaches a fever pitch, with President Obama on Friday making his case for a second term during a stop in Lima Ohio.

A raucous crowd at Lima Senior High School cheered the President wildly as he trumpeted what he believes is a solid record of boosting the economy and creating jobs.

It amounted to another day on the campaign trail in maybe the most important battleground state of them all.

An estimated crowd of 3,800 people was backing President Obama all the way.

" Today our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs. That's why you elected me in 2008, and that's why I'm running for a second term as President."

Obama is convinced he has an especially good story to tell in Ohio.

The President engineered the auto bail-out to save GM and Chrysler from collapse, protecting an industry that is said to employ 850,000 people in the Buckeye State.

The President also cited a stronger than expected October jobs report, that documented how companies had added more jobs than at any time in the last eight months.

" You know where I stand. You know I tell the truth, and you know I fight for working families every single day as hard as I know how," said the President.

It's not surprising that Republican challenger Mitt Romney saw the same jobs report, but interpreted it as another sign that President Obama needs to go.

The report revealed unemployment actually inched higher, going from 7.8% to 7.9%.

At a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Romney said the increase is "a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill."

He went on to say the President's claims of progress ring hollow with people struggling to get by.

Still, the prevailing view in the Lima crowd is that the President is getting the job done.

" I was impressed, because he's been saying the same thing over and over. The discrepancies in his speech...he's saying the same thing about going forward for the country," said Hayes Cowan, an Obama supporter from Lima.

" He does everything for middle class people, we are the working poor people and we are the ones that need a champion (like Obama)," said Glennda Marshall, who also is backing Obama in the Presidential race.

Most polls show the President with an uncomfortably small lead in Ohio.

Nationally, it's shaping up to be extremely close, barely four days until the votes are counted.

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