Vice President Biden Heading Back to Ohio

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By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) — A day after rival Mitt Romney stumps in Ohio, and three days after the president’s trip to the state, Vice President Joe Biden will visit the key battleground to underscore manufacturing strides made there in the past three and a half years.

Biden will embark upon the “Made in Ohio Manufacturing Tour” beginning with an event at the Plumbers & Pipefitter Local Union in Columbus on Thursday. The visit is meant to “highlight the impact of President Obama’s efforts to strengthen Ohio’s manufacturing industry and bolster middle-class security for Ohio’s workers,” according to a release from Obama’s campaign.

On Monday, Obama traveled to Cincinnati for the first town hall of his 2012 presidential campaign, taking questions and hitting Romney for his economic plan and business background.

“Governor Romney’s experience has been investing in what were called ‘pioneers’ of the business of outsourcing,” Obama said.

The crowd cheered when the president said his theory was different.

“I want to give tax breaks to companies right here in Ohio that are investing in Cincinnati, that are investing in Hamilton County. I want to give incentives to companies that are investing in you, the American people, to create American jobs making American goods that we’re selling around the world, stamped with three proud words: Made in America.”

On Wednesday, Romney will also travel to Ohio for a town hall in Bowling Green and a fundraiser in Canton.

Ohio, classified a “toss up” on CNN’s Electoral Map, carries 18 electoral votes in November’s general election.