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President tells crowd at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport that trust is campaign's most important element
And he asks for grassroots help in final stretch of close race

Kevin Niedermier
President Obama addresses the crowd from the tarmac at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport.
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President Obama wrapped up a whirl-wind two-day nationwide campaign swing in Cleveland Thursday night.  He told a crowd of 12,000 on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport that this election comes down to trust, and his opponent, Mitt Romney, cannot be trusted. Mr. Obama also asked for more help from Ohioans during these last 10 days before the election.                    

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With Air Force One in the background, a hoarse President Obama listed the promises he’s made and kept: ending the war in Iraq, repealing don’t ask don’t tell, and buoying the auto industry. And he chided challenger Mitt Romney for not giving details of his plans to shrink the deficit, create jobs or cut taxes. He says Romney hopes voters forget that his plan is more of the same top down economics that led to the recession.

“We joke about Romnesia, but it’s not funny. Because it speaks to something serious: trust. Trust matters, and after all these years you now know me.  You know I mean what I say. I’ve been willing to take some tough, unpopular positions. Saving the auto industry wasn’t popular at first, but it was the right thing to do.”

Mr. Obama says he will boost the economy if reelected by eliminating tax breaks for outsourcing jobs overseas, and he’d cut the deficit by trimming unnecessary government spending and increasing taxes on the wealthy. Republicans say the President hasn’t done enough to create new jobs in his first term. And with polls showing the race close nationally and in Ohio, Mr. Obama asked the crowd for more help as the election draws closer.

President Obama asks for grassroots help in final campaign stretch

“Ohio, I need you to keep believing in me, and if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and knock on some doors and make some phone calls for me we’re going to win Cuyahoga County and Ohio, and we’ll win this election. We’re going to finish what we started and remind the world why the United States is the best nation on Earth.”

Jennifer Schofield of Cleveland knows about the poll numbers.

“It’s very close but I’m confident, there’s a lot of energy in the president’s campaign. I know, I’m out knocking on doors and I feel pretty good. People know it’s close, but they think he’ll win.”

This was Mr. Obama’s 18th trip to Ohio this year. His opponent, Gov. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan will be in North Canton tonight, and President Obama returns to Ohio on Monday.                                                                                                     

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