Biden will head to Ohio's Appalachian region

By Dan Sewell

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 11:40 a.m. MDT

CINCINNATI — Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio's Appalachian region, an area loaded with white, working-class voters that President Barack Obama's campaign hopes to appeal to in the aftermath of the Democratic National Convention.

The Obama campaign on Thursday announced a Sunday morning rally at Portsmouth High School, near the Ohio River in southern Ohio. On Saturday, Biden will lead rallies in Zanesville in eastern Ohio and the southeastern Ohio college town of Athens.

The mostly rural region has been a swing area within the swing state. Hillary Clinton outpolled Barack Obama there in the 2008 Democratic primary, and Republican John McCain also ran better than Obama in much of the region in the general election, although Obama carried the state.

Biden last week campaigned among auto workers in northeastern Ohio. He was slotted to speak Thursday night at the convention in Charlotte, N.C.

In Athens, Biden will speak at a community center near the campus of Ohio University — sports rival of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's Miami University alma mater. The Zanesville rally earlier Saturday will be at an elementary school.

Ohioans can expect to see plenty of visits from the two tickets in the stretch drive to the election two months away. Mitt Romney likely will need to carry the state to win the election — no Republican has won the White House without Ohio.

On Thursday, his wife Ann Romney was in Cincinnati, planning to tour Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center. The hospital last Friday hosted Apollo astronauts James Lovell and Eugene Cernan, who were promoting a children's health memorial fund to honor their late fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Romney and Ryan campaigned separately in Ohio last Saturday, soon after the Republicans' national convention, and together in central Ohio just before their convention.

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