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Obama expected to stump in Valley Monday

Published: Tue, October 23, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.



By David Skolnick



President Barack Obama is expected to return to the Mahoning Valley, likely next Monday, for a campaign event, according to a source with information about the planned visit.

The campaign’s advance team is considering several locations — both outdoor facilities and indoor locations that can accommodate a larger crowd — for the rally in the area, the source told The Vindicator on Monday.

The source is not affiliated with the campaign but has information about this and other Democratic political visits, including the stops Obama made during a two-day bus tour in Ohio with July 6 visits to Boardman and Poland, and Vice President Joe Biden’s May 16 and Aug. 31 campaign events in the Valley.

The Obama campaign and Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras said Monday they couldn’t confirm a visit to the area by the president.

The expected Monday visit would be eight days before the Nov. 6 general election.

Though Obama has made numerous campaign stops in Ohio during his re-election campaign this year, primarily in the Cleveland and Columbus areas, this will be only his second visit to the Valley.

In 2008, Obama came to the area five times, including three after Ohio’s March 4 Democratic primary.

Obama also made two noncampaign visits as president to the area in September 2009 and May 2010.

Mahoning and Trumbull counties are Democratic strongholds.

Polls are showing Ohio to be a very competitive and important state in the presidential race between Obama, the incumbent Democrat, and Republican Mitt Romney.

Romney’s lone visit to the Youngstown area was March 5, the day before he narrowly won the Republican primary in Ohio.

Paul Ryan, his vice- presidential running mate, conducted an Oct. 13 town-hall meeting at Youngstown State University, and stopped at the Hot Dog Shoppe in Warren on Aug. 16.


1Dagwood(461 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't stop at the soup kitchen, Antal and Juanita will turn you away.

No politics policy.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1183 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


You can say the same thing about Repubs. Bringiing in other states Gov's is what shows who is desperite.

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3redeye1(5542 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

AAC This is suppose to be a demoncrat stronghold . BO must be worried he's losing , maybe he figured out that people are smarter then he originally thought. As far the Repubs what do they have to lose by being in the valley . nothing as I said its demoncrat stronghold right!

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4walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If Barack Hussein Obama must stop in Y-town, with all the democrat shills here like Betras, Ryan and Buckwheat, he knows he is in serious trouble in Ohio. He should be in either Columbus or Cincinnati.

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5Politico(28 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Obama makes me puke. Name ANY other president who KNOWINGLY appointed self avowed Communists, Marxists, and Maoists to their cabinet or other high government positions? I spent 23 years in the Army fighting against this stuff. This so called President is a Marxist at heart and he states so in his book. If you haven't read it, you should. This guy would not have been able to get a security clearance if he enlisted in the Army.

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6GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Please list the Marxists,Communists, and Maoists that have been appointed to high government positions. It's easy to throw unfounded blanket accusations around without listing facts behind your argument.

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7redeye1(5542 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Obama expects to stump the valley, well that should be very easy for him,

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8jojuggie(1668 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Van Jones, an avowed communist, was the green czar, and was fired on a weekend. Anita Dunn, a Maoist, was communications director of the whitehouse was fired when it was found out that she looked up to Chairman Mao.
Is that enough Go Pens?

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9DSquared(1757 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The first would be Van Jones.

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10AtownAugie(873 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

How nice of Barry to stop by and say goodbye/thanks-for-the-memories. He and Michelle will be much too busy packing for Chicago after November 6 to stop by the valley.

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