(KENT, Ohio) — Buoyed by favorable battleground-state poll numbers, President Obama Wednesday night used rhetoric of a frontrunner, telling a crowd of 6,600 at Kent State University in Ohio that he will be a president to “represent everybody.”
“I say to the whole state of Ohio, I don’t know how many of you will be with me this time around but it doesn’t matter because I’m running to be your president, to represent everybody,” Obama said.
“I’m not fighting to create Democratic jobs or Republican jobs. I’m fighting to create American jobs. I’m not fighting to improve schools in red states or blue states. I’m fighting to improve schools in the United States of America,” he said, underscoring a theme of education, which he highlighted all day.
The president’s remarks mirrored those he gave earlier in the day at Bowling Green State University in the northwestern part of the state, with one small off-the-cuff exception.
Launching into his five-point plan to boost the middle class, Obama slipped up his words as he addressed his vision for American manufacturing.
“First thing is, I want to see us export more jobs… export more products, excuse me,” Obama said, catching himself.
“I was, I was channeling my opponent there for a second,” he quipped, referring to rival Mitt Romney. “ I wanna see us export more products and outsource fewer jobs.”
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