COLUMBUS, Ohio — On this final day of campaigning, President Barack Obama pulled out superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z to get his last couple of crowds pumped up.
There are 7.7 million registered voters in the Buckeye state, and both candidates know they have to win Ohio and its 18 electoral votes to enter the doors of the White House.
Around 15,500 supporters nearly filled Nationwide Arena in Columbus Monday.
Mayor Michael Coleman, Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Gov. Ted Strickland touted Obama as the best man to lead America into better times, especially by rescuing the auto industry. One out of every 8 jobs in Ohio are tied to the auto industry.
“The auto industry is coming back,” said Obama. “We have created five and a half million new jobs, the war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is ending, and Osama Bin Laden is dead. Yet we have more work to do. “
He also added: “Everyone should be able to count on health insurance and Medicare in their golden years, and women should be able to make up their own minds. Governor Romney is a talented salesman. He is packaging old ideas that didn’t work. Ohio needs to make a choice about trust. Ohio after four years, you know me. You know that I say what I mean. I’ll fight for you and your family.”
Obama appeared around 4 p.m. before heading to Iowa and then his hometown of Chicago, where he’ll spend Election Day.