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President Barack Obama Campaigns at Mentor High School

More than 4,000 supporters pack the school's gymnasium in support of the incumbent

President Barack Obama's visit to Mentor High School began with a "Go Cardinals" and ended with a request for the audience to hit the polls on election day.

"Turn out on Tuesday for me," Obama said to a gymnasium full of supporters.

According to Mentor Deputy Fire Chief Robert Searles, 4,010 people attended the President's rally. They packed lines around the school's gymnasium entrance well into the 11 a.m. hour.

Obama took the stage shortly after noon and spoke for about 29 minutes. Familiarity was a prevailing theme in his speech.

"After four years as president, you know me," he said. "You know what I believe.

"You know I will fight for you."

For examples, he cited ending the war in Iraq, the auto industry bailout and his recent declaration that responding to Hurricane Sandy is his "number one priority."

In admitting that his track record hasn't been perfect, Obama told the crowd, "We've got more work to do, Ohio."

That message resonated with Peggy Senskey of Ashtabula.

"It was exhilarating with a lot of promise," Senskey said. "Because he has hope, I have hope. That's what I got out of it."

Though Obama sternly told the crowd to stop booing his mention of opponent Mitt Romney, the president later referred to the Massachusetts governor as a "talented salesman" who cannot relate to many of their struggles. On that front, Obama promised more jobs for veterans and easier access to college funding.

"He just confirmed that he's for the people, that he knows how to get us going and keep us on track," Painesville resident Kelly Scott said.

Scott attended the rally with her husband, Benjamin, and her mother, Frances Johnson. Scott said she particularly enjoyed Obama's pledge to lessen the difficulty of obtaining school loans.

"I've got two young boys who I want to go to college, and they sure can't borrow (money) from me," Scott said.

The one similarity Obama said he shares with Romney is belonging to a wealthier tax bracket than most Americans. He said his plan would provide tax breaks for the middle class instead of people like himself.

"Folks like me and Gov. Romney … I promise you, we can afford it."

Sue Stromberg of Mentor said that statement exemplified why she supports Obama.

"I enjoyed his idea that we're all in this together," Stromberg said. "Everybody deserves their chance.

"We'll all work together."

David H. Mirsky November 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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TIANA November 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
we r going forward, 4 more years. Thank you for cleaning up Bush's mess. u got me my friends n all my family's vote. together to the end. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
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Mike Chubre November 04, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Stuped Romney voters still think he is going to save them from the BUSH era. DuH
Justine Terry November 04, 2012 at 07:11 AM
yada yada yada And others by way of special interests groups and lobbyists are there with their hands out for corporate welfare. Local govenrments compete for companies with great tax deals to keep jobs in the state. Brooklyn offered American Greetings 10 million dollars of incentives to stay and , only to have AG move to Westlake where they will receive a 30 year tax abatement. And the company still went ahead and laid people off.
Justine Terry November 04, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Fahrenheit 9/11
Mike Chubre November 04, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Mike Chubre November 04, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Obama 2012! He came to help! But he had a tee time.
Mike Chubre November 04, 2012 at 11:58 AM
VOTE FOR REVENGE!
tom m November 04, 2012 at 01:05 PM
October Jobs report with the unemployment rate ticking up to 7.9 percent but the economy adding a better-than-expected 171,000 jobs. At the same time, the number of unemployed grew by 170,000, roughly the same amount -- to 12.3 million. .......................really +1,000 jobs gained thats 20 jobs per state or 1 new job for every 4 counties in ohio
Harriet November 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Start your own company. Obama will have your back.
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Wrong on the economy, wrong on Benghazi, and wrong on the auto bailout... The time for real change is NOW!! http://www.policymic.com/articles/14285/obama-lies-obama-auto-bailout-did-not-rescue-detroit http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/ http://twitchy.com/2012/10/23/obama-lies-about-romneys-position-on-auto-bailouts-conservatives-hit-back/ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2012/10/26/letterman-slams-obama-auto-bailout-lie-followed-maddow-parroting-same- Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 04, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Here's a breath of fresh air AND a goodly dose of real. "Gary Johnson's 7 Principles of Good Government 1) Become reality driven. Don't kid yourself or others. Find out what's what and base your decisions and actions on that. 2) Always be honest and tell the truth. It's extremely difficult to do any damage to anybody when you are willing to tell the truth—regardless of the consequences. 3) Always do what's right and fair. Remember, the more you actually accomplish, the louder your critics become. You've got to learn to ignore your critics. You've got to continue to do what you think is right. You've got to maintain your integrity. 4) Determine your goal, develop a plan to reach that goal, and then act. Don't procrastinate. 5) Communicate. Make sure everybody who ought to know what you're doing knows what you're doing. 6) Don't hesitate to deliver bad news. There is always time to salvage things. There is always time to fix things. Henry Kissinger said that anything that can be revealed eventually should be revealed immediately. 7) Be willing to do whatever it takes to get your job done. If you've got a job that you don't love enough to do what it takes to get your job done, then quit and get one that you do love, and then make a difference. www.garyjohnson2012.com
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Have a Free and Equal debate party on Monday night. It IS a historic debate, and WILL be enlightening. Tell everyone you know, and anyone you don't know but can reach out to now, and tell them to make sure and watch, Mon., Nov. 5th, 9:00-10:30pm Eastern. The debate will be between successful and self-made former NM Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian party) and thoughtful and articulate Dr. Jill Stein (Green party). http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
SharEd November 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
What a laugh about Massachusetts. Mitt Romney can't even get win his own state he governed for 4 years. He was elected by the people there (Democrats!), had his chance, they saw what this guy really is, and he's losing in Massachusetts, his own state, by a landslide. What more proof do voters need?
SharEd November 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I get sick of the self righteous who think they will always be in a position to take care of themselves. They may be one health issue or job loss away from having no health care. Theirs will be the first hands out for a hand out if it happens to them!
SharEd November 05, 2012 at 02:07 AM
My insurance premiums increased that much before Obamacare every year. Why is the CEO of Cleveland Clinic endorsing Obamacare? Romney introduced this concept in Massachusetts and as usual he reversed himself to pander to the uninformed fears of Obamacare. If you lose your job, you will be able to select health insurance from an assortment of private plans. Your premiums will be based on your income, so if you are under employed or unemployed you will be covered. If you don't have insurance through a job, you will be able to buy affordable health insurance. There is no such thing as "affordable" health insurance now for people who don't have insurance through employers. That's why it's called the "Affordable Care Act". This moves millions of people off of Medicaid and those funds are better spent supplementing insurance premiums and insurance companies manage expenses. This is a better use of your tax dollars.
SharEd November 05, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Do reward President Obama for bringing home our heroic soldiers from the Republican Iraq war, where thousands were maimed and killed, even after no weapons of mass destruction were found. Do reward President Obama for killing Osama bin Laden and avenging thousands of lives lost in NYC and helping to keep future Americans safe. Even now, reward him for trying to extract our soldiers responsibly from Afghanistan, another war he inherited.
SharEd November 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Where were people living that gas wasn't $3.89 or $3.99 a gallon or more under Bush? That was one of the reasons I voted for President Obama. I was paying $1.05 under Clinton and during Bush's term, gas prices steadily rose. Again, President Obama gets accused of lies and the Romney machine just keeps on "pumping" the lies out.
Gunnar Larson November 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Beware - there may be blood on your hands! In times past, God's people had no choice in regards to the laws that governed them. Ruled by kings (or sometimes judges or consuls), the Israelites had no choice other than to obey laws as they were decreed---or to rebel (risking their life doing so). Today we have different - but just as weighty - decisions! We hold in our hands the lives of millions of innocent children. As voters we are responsible for the laws that govern this land and for the elected officials we put into office. God's Word has made His opinions very clear on some issues. God has said that He is the Author of life---He is" the giver and the taker of life...." "For a Christian not to vote or not to vote upholding justice (God's laws) is therefore an act of rebellion against God. Voting for a politician or a political party that advocates ending a life that God has begun means that YOU have made abortion the law of the land and have chosen a government in direct opposition to God. The blood of each and every one of these innocent children is on the hands of those who vote(d) for abortion and abortion advocates! Forty plus million helpless little children have been murdered because many have chosen to do nothing. May God have mercy on us! Let's ask for His forgiveness and repent ... That is - to do what is right from here on out!
Dan LaVigne November 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Quotes from Republican Barry Goldwater - US Senator and Candidate for President in 1964 Mark my work, if and when these preachers get control of the (REPUBLICAN) party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these CHRISTIANS believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them Republican Barry Goldwater Also I and my wife and family are PRO CHOICE
Michael November 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
So, what happened to all the liberal-radical peaceniks protestin' wars and such during Republican administrations? And what happened to all the compassionate liberal-radical-Alinskyites who complained about the homeless and such during the Republican administrations? Answer: they all "disappeared" when Clinton or the Messiah took the stage! The only ideologues I despise more than the neo-conservatives are the so-called liberals. Nothing but complete frauds.
SharEd November 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Get off your high horse and go and adopt a black crack baby like my white aunt did. You are all such hypocrites! You wouldn't help an abandoned child but you care so much about all these unborn children. Such bunk. Republicans complaining about food stamps (President Obama is doing what Jesus would do) and not caring whether up to 40 million people can find affordable health care. All these "Christians" are going to have to answer to God too for their cold hearts.
TonyPhat December 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
The blood of each and every one of these innocent children is on the hands of those who vote(d) for abortion and abortion advocates! Forty plus million helpless little children have been murdered because many have chosen to do nothing.<a href="http://isdownorjustme.com/" rel="dofollow">down or just me</a>
rose December 30, 2012 at 08:01 AM
i like your post a lot.
SharEd December 30, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Quit talking about blood and go out and do something. Adopt as many unwanted crack babies as you can. Such righteous hypocrites . . .

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