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President Obama, Mitt Romney Speak In Ohio Simutaneously; Compete For Air Time

President Obama and Mitt “Mo’ Money” Romney spoke in Ohio on Thursday afternoon. And they did it at the same damn time.

President Obama traveled to the key battleground of Ohio on Thursday to try to reframe the election as a stark choice between his own economic stewardship and an alternative that he said would return the country to policies largely responsible for the downturn.

Speaking in the wake of a dismal two weeks of economic and political news for the president, Obama blamed partisan politics in Washington for the lack of progress in reviving the American economy.

On a day when Republican Mitt Romney also spoke in Ohio, the president’s address, which aides billed as a “major” framing speech, reflected a new urgency emanating from the campaign trail, as both candidates intensified their efforts to define the election — and each other — in terms of the nation’s No. 1 worry: the economy.

Romney was of no mind to let Obama own the spotlight Thursday. The presumed Republican nominee moved his own remarks, at a manufacturer in Cincinnati, ahead of Obama’s in an effort to eclipse the president’s message. In addition, a Romney campaign bus circled Obama’s event at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, honking its horn, and a few dozen protesters milled on street corners nearby.

Less than 250 miles away, Romney also spoke on the economy. Competing head-to-head with Obama for air time in a critical swing state, Romney expanded on his plans for cutting regulation and spending and overhauling the tax system, arguing that the president is stifling the free market’s ability to create jobs.

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