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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."

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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