Obama offers “closing argument” to Ohio (Video)

Fresh off the trail from hitting western states like Colorado and Nevada, Sen. Barack Obama is now heading to Ohio for a “closing argument” in favor his campaign and asking voters to reject McCain’s style of politics. Ohio will be important since the polls give Obama a slight lead, though it’s been back and forth as of recent. Also, Sen. Obama lost the Ohio primary to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Report from Yahoo News:

CHICAGO – Looking ahead to closing his case against John McCain in Ohio, Barack Obama argues that voters there have a chance to reject “politics that would divide a nation just to win an election.”

Fresh off rollicking rallies in Colorado, Obama faced a more sober reality on Monday in Ohio. Polls show a tight race in the state that sealed President Bush’s 2004 re-election.

Obama is giving what his campaign calls the “closing argument” of his presidential bid in Ohio, where he already lost once this year, to fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“In one week, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election; that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat; that asks us to fear at a time when we need hope,” Obama said in prepared comments released in advance early Monday by his campaign.

The longest presidential contest in history is down to just eight days, with Obama and Republican McCain dueling for the electoral riches of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obama’s struggles to connect with white working-class voters in Ohio helped fuel his defeat in that state during the primaries. Economic concerns are even worse now with the country in a financial crisis, and perhaps headed for deep recession, with growing numbers of people out of work.

And as Ohio goes, often goes history. No Democratic contender for the presidency has won without Ohio’s support in nearly 50 years — since John F. Kennedy in 1960.

So it is a strategic choice that Obama will deliver his next speech in the industrial northeast Ohio city of Canton. His campaign touts it as his closing case, although there will presumably be other final arguments during the final, frenetic days of the campaign.

Obama is sticking to his theme of linking McCain to President Bush, the unpopular leader of his party.

McCain’s campaign says that’s false.

Unlike in other key states, Obama has struggled to sustain a big lead in Ohio despite pounding McCain with TV ads and building a strong get-out-the-vote operation.

Meanwhile, Sen. Biden is attacking the attacks on Obama by comparing them to attacks on past presidents, story from Yahoo News:

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden is comparing the criticism of his running mate to the attacks directed at past Presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy.

Biden said new leaders are almost always confronted with new negative attacks. He compared what Barack Obama has faced to challenges to Thomas Jefferson’s Christianity, Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to individual rights, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s change and whether it was safe to pick John F. Kennedy.

The Delaware senator repeatedly asked the crowd at East Carolina University whether those attacks sounded familiar.

Biden returned to campaign in North Carolina just four days after appearing here on a three-city bus tour.

Ohio has been back and forth this entire season, it will come down to the wire. Some polls have Obama up by 10 points, though others have McCain up by 2. The RCP average is sitting at +6 Obama though I think that’s inflated a bit, and obviously the Obama campaign does as well.

Update

Video of Obama’s “closing argument” to Ohio, via MSNBC:

What do you think? Is he convincing enough to win Ohio?