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Speaker Hopeful Boehner Blasts Obama in Key Ohio

Monday, 01 Nov 2010 08:38 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Republican in line to be speaker of the House is criticizing President Barack Obama, saying he referred to those who disagree with him as enemies.

Rep. John Boehner (BAY'-ner) cited a recent interview in which Obama urged Latinos to get out to vote on Tuesday. Boehner spoke Monday evening at a Republican rally in his pivotal home state of Ohio.

While being questioned in a Hispanic-oriented radio interview, Obama said changes to immigration policies will be more difficult if Latino voters don't turn out to punish enemies and reward friends.

Obama on Monday pulled back from the remarks, saying he should have used the word "opponents" instead of "enemies."

Boehner rallied in Cincinnati with John Kasich (KAY'-sik), who's trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.

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LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland knocked on doors in a working-class neighborhood Monday as he made his final appeal to voters, trying to save his gubernatorial seat from falling into GOP hands.

"I wanted to stop in and ask for your vote," he told a surprised-looking 68-year-old Ramona Arona, who invited Strickland and his entourage into her tiny kitchen in Lorain. Through a translator, she told Strickland that she hopes he will win because this city has "many challenges."

"Is she registered to vote?" Strickland asked the translator. "Tell her her vote could make the difference."

Strickland is locked in a close race with Republican former Rep. John Kasich, who showed up at an elections board in central Ohio to cast his own vote Monday morning. The race is a must-win for Democrats, who need Ohio to help carry President Barack Obama to a second term in 2012. Obama campaigned personally for Strickland on Sunday at a rally in Cleveland.

Earlier that afternoon, the governor took a swipe at Kasich as he spoke to a subdued crowd of about a dozen people at an autoworkers' union local headquarters.

"He's starting to act sort of frazzled," Strickland said of his opponent. "He thought he had won it. And now he's acting, I think, in a frenetic way, saying, 'Oh, this terrible campaign, it's all these lies being told.'"

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the GOP candidate is "actually feeling great."

"We've done three events today to cheering capacity crowds and the enthusiasm is really, really inspiring," Nichols wrote in an e-mail.

Strickland also told the autoworkers he expects the race will be as close as 3 percentage points.

Kasich and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rob Portman plan to rally Monday evening in Cincinnati with Rep. John Boehner, who's in line to become House speaker if the GOP takes control of the House on Tuesday.

Democrat Lee Fisher, trailing Portman by double digits in the polls, began the day in Youngstown and devoted election eve to Democratic strongholds also including Cleveland and Akron.

Portman also campaigned in the Cleveland area, taking coffee and doughnuts to workers at Stamco Industries in Euclid.

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Contributing to this report were Associated Press photographers Tony Dejak in Cleveland and Amy Sancetta in Euclid, photographer Jay LaPrete in Delaware, and AP writers Thomas J. Sheeran in Cleveland and Dan Sewell in Cincinnati.

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