Obama in Mentor Seeks Last-Minute Support

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MENTOR, Ohio -- The presidential campaign is in the final stretch, and President Barack Obama returned to northeast Ohio to drum up last-minute support.

President Obama made a campaign stop at Mentor High School Saturday afternoon in the final days on the campaign trail.

"Our fight goes on because America's always at its best when everybody gets a fair shot and everybody's doing their fair share and everybody's playing by the same rules...that's what we believe, that's why you elected me in 2008 and that's why I'm running for a second term as president of the United States," said the president.

The president spoke to a crowd of a few thousand inside the school's gymnasium, touting his accomplishments over the past four years.

"The war in Iraq is over, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, Al Qaida is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead," Obama said.

Obama also blasted his opponent, Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

"I understand Governor Romney had a tough time here in Ohio because he was against saving the auto industry.  It's hard to run away from that position when you're on videotape saying 'let's let Detroit go bankrupt,'" said the president.

"I'd like to see him challenge both parties to get something done, try to get past the gridlock, I can't wait to see what happens when he's re-elected," said Obama supporter Jim Fatica.

"I think he'll win Ohio ... with the senior citizens that know how important that Medicare and Medicaid is, with the students who really rely on the government now to help reduce the cost of their student loans and whatever," said Eastlake resident Teresa Green.

Obama supporters say they feel inspired.

"I love him, I love him because he's all American and I've already voted and I voted for him," said Mentor resident Peggy Harps.

"You can tell that it's coming from his heart, you can believe in what he's saying so that's what's getting folks engaged by the president," said Ashtabula resident Muhammad Shakoor.

"Early vote for me and turn out on Tuesday for me, we'll win Ohio, we'll win this election, we'll strengthen the bond between us and re-affirm the spirit that makes the United States of America, the greatest nation on earth ... God Bless you and God bless the United States of America," the president told the crowd.

President Obama plans to return to Ohio for a rally in Columbus on Monday.

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