Saturday, September 29, 2012

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talk infrastructure in Plain Dealer interviews

No one campaigns against infrastructure.

No one really campaigns on it, either.

In battleground Ohio, a state getting more attention than most this election season, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney fill their stump speeches with talk of cars or coal or trade with China. They say little, if anything, about the roads those cars travel, the bridges that coal crosses and the ports through which those goods pass.

While the nation's crumbling urban core might not be a bumper-sticker issue in the race for the White House, any big-city mayor or planner will tell you that aging infrastructure poses a long-term economic threat to metropolitan areas.

In the industrial Midwest that is key to electoral victory, the threat is pronounced in places like Cleveland.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Plain Dealer interview with President Barack Obama: A warning about embarrassing China

KENT, Ohio — President Barack Obama, addressing the increasing concerns over China's alleged currency manipulation and other foreign trade violations, said this week that the United States must push back against unfair practices but not "go out of our way to embarrass" the country.

Doing so would risk "an all-out trade war," Obama told The Plain Dealer in an exclusive interview.

"What we have found is that when we push them very hard but we don't go out of our way to embarrass them, we get results," he said while meeting with the newspaper's editorial board before a Wednesday rally at Kent State University.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Plain Dealer interview with Mitt Romney: State of the race, coal and autos

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – As a new poll showed him slipping further behind President Barack Obama in the electoral battleground of Ohio, Mitt Romney remained optimistic Wednesday that independent voters who swung Democrat four years ago will carry the state for him.

"Ohio voted for Barack Obama the last time, so I've got to get people who voted for him the last time to vote for me this time," the Republican presidential nominee told The Plain Dealer in an interview aboard his campaign bus.

Romney, speaking to the newspaper after appearing at a morning rally in this Columbus suburb, added that independents across the country have "the conviction that they don't want four more years like the last four years."

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

President Obama tells Democratic National Convention he's 'never been more hopeful about America'

Written with Plain Dealer reporter Sabrina Eaton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama accepted his nomination for a second term Thursday, the final act of a Democratic National Convention that aimed to recapture the enthusiasm of 2008 and draw a sharp contrast with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Obama presented himself as a compassionate leader, one trying to untangle the country from an economic recession while bringing people together to achieve new goals.

He also punctuated a three-day barrage of attacks on Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, equating a vote for the GOP ticket as a vote for past failed policies.

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