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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Monday, August 30, 2004

    We're No. 1 

    President George W. Bush toured the western Ohio countryside this past weekend, going places few presidents have gone before -- Troy, for instance, where campaign officials say a turnout of 22,000 was the best for the president in Ohio this year.

    Bush should know every nook and cranny of Ohio by now. When he is 60, he will qualify for a Golden Buckeye Card. The president has visited the state 22 times since taking office. He will return to Columbus on Wednesday as he makes his way to New York City to accept his party's nomination for a second term. He will be back in the state almost before he finishes the speech Thursday night accepting the nomination.

    The Saturday trip will include Cleveland, newly acknowledge poorest city in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Ohio has more than its share of other poor urban areas. It would be useful if both Bush and John Kerry, his Democratic opponent, could specifically address why nearly a third of Cleveland residents live in poverty and almost half of its children and what they can do about it.

    Urban woes receive too little federal or state attention despite the fact they are the economic engines of Ohio and the nation. Editorials in both the Akron Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer address the plight and promise of cities, a message that Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has been homing and hammering on as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    Republicans are in America's greatest city for their convention. They will remember the tragedy of 9/11 and talk about the leadership provided by President Bush in the wake of that terrorist attack. There is a more elemental terrorism. It's poverty and the inability to escape it. When the lights go out in New York and Bush comes to Cleveland on Saturday, someone should point out to him that he has come to the U.S. capital of that terrorism.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 3:14 PM

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