Northwest Ohio will be in full campaign mode as both presidential candidates will be in this neck of the woods on Wednesday. That’s a political junkie’s dream come true. The difference in tactics by the two competing teams perhaps indicates why President Obama holds a 5-7 point lead here in the Buckeye State.
The Romney team has reserved the downtown Toledo Convention Center whereas the Obama team has secured a site on the campus of Bowling Green State University: the Stroh Center [sports complex]. That’s one difference. Another difference is the fact that in today’s Toledo Blade the Romney team has run a 1/4 page color advertisement for the event whereas the Obama team hasn’t. Further, obtaining tickets for the competing events differ. For the Romney event, supporters must go on-line at MittRomney.com or on-line at the local GOP Headquarters. Tickets to see President Obama will be handed out in person at 4 local offices in Toledo, Maumee, Perrysburg and Bowling Green as well as at the Stroh Center itself. The human element is clearly at work in the Obama Campaign.
Obama staff will be ‘working the crowd’ at each of these venues as they wait in line for their ticket. Not only will the crowd be Fired Up! but their name, phone number and email will be collected by the campaign and they will be asked to volunteer in the campaign as well. How’s that for closing the ‘sale.’
The Romney supporters need to drive to downtown Toledo from their suburban homes and find a parking space, then walk through the streets to the venue. The Obama supporters drive directly to the venue with free parking.
Stay tuned on Thursday for a follow-up on the competing visits.