Fox 8 Exclusive: One-on-One With Madeleine Albright

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CLEVELAND – Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is in Ohio campaigning for President Obama.

Albright, the first female Secretary of State, spoke to a group of female voters before having lunch at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont.  After lunch, Albright spoke with diners at the restaurant and sat down for an exclusive interview with FOX 8’s Mark Zinni.

“Cleveland is fabulous, I love it because it really is kind of reflective of the whole diversity of America,” said Albright.

The 75-year-old was appointed by President Bill Clinton, after previously serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  While in Ohio, Albright hoped to build on recent poll numbers that show President Obama has more support than his challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

According to Albright, she has also been asked a lot about the violence overseas that took the life of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya last month.  President Obama’s response to the crisis has been called into question by Governor Romney, which Albright is quick to dismiss.

“I hate to see the kind of politicization of that issue during the campaign, I think the administration is really working very hard to investigate what really happened and not - kind of - jump to conclusions,” said Albright.

The timing of her visit is no coincidence since early-voting begins Tuesday in Ohio, which is considered a key swing state that went for President Obama in 2008.  “I am supporting Obama,” said a Cleveland man.  But for Hanna Vest from Madison, it’s time for someone else to take over.  “Nothing's happened that anyone expected to happen and I guess we're all just waiting and it's time for something different.”

This week, republicans are holding “Commit to Mitt” early-voting kick-off events throughout the state, providing further proof of the power Ohioans are holding in this election cycle.

“Ohio is not just a key swing state, but the crucial state and everybody knows you can't be elected President of the United States if you don't have Ohio,” said Albright.

On Friday, President Obama will be back in Northeast Ohio with a rally scheduled at Cleveland State University.

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