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president obama giving a speech in ohio President Barack Obama at a speech in Ohio on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. (Photo courtesy Andre Baker Harris)

Mid-Term Election Heats Up

President defends and attacks in Ohio speech

By Andre Baker-Harris | null null , null

President Barack Obama got tough with Republicans this week, and in particular Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio.

"People are frustrated and they're angry and they're anxious about the future," President Obama said. "I understand that. I also understand that in a political campaign, the easiest thing for the other side to do is to ride this fear and anger all the way to Election Day."  

The President made his fiery speech at the Western Campus Recreation Center of the Cuyahoga Community College in Parma Heights, Ohio. In calling out Boehner on his home turf, the President set the stage for a tough mid-term election battle. Boehner is in line to be Speaker of the House if the Republicans win a majority of the seats in the House of Representatives.

In his remarks, the President put the responsibility for today's bad economy on the backs of the Republicans and the administration policies of former President George W. Bush. He also accused the opposition party of obstructing efforts to make things better so they can win elections.

The President's main message in the Ohio speech was the economy and a six-year, $50 billion plan to build and repair the nation's infrastructure. The infrastructure includes highways, bridges, and utilities.

"We are ready, this week, to give tax cuts to every American family making $250,000 or less," The President said.

Democratic officials at the event echoed the President's sentiments.

"The president can only do so much," Constituent Services Liaison Meredith Turner told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. "The Republicans need to get on board [to help turn the economy around.]"

Representative-elect for the 12th House District of Ohio John Barnes says he believes the economy will recover.

"We have got to strengthen our competitive advantage around the world," Barnes said.

High school government and history instructor Sean Brennan from Parma, Ohio, is all for the President's proposals.

"I think people are going to come out of the woodwork, and support the President," he said of the mid term election set for November 2.

Not everyone at the event was a supporter of the President's plans. Outside the event, protesters held signs that read: "Ba-roke: America needs jobs," "Obama tells more lies while US dies," and "Impeach Obama the dictator."

Representative Boehner responded to the President's attacks by talking to reporters later in the day. Earlier in the week, Boehner had called for the President to fire his entire economics team.

"If the President is really serious about focusing on jobs, a good start would be taking the advice of his recently departed budget director and freezing all tax rates," Boehner said. The Ohio congressman also wants to also cut federal spending to pre-bailout levels. He called the stimulus package a "spending spree."

More fireworks are expected from both side of the political spectrum as the fall election season heats up. At stake this November are 435 House seats, 37 Senate seats, and 37 governorships.


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