Biden, Romney Visit SE Ohio

Associated Press
Bethany Venable

Updated Sat, Sep 8, 2012 6:17 pm

The presidential campaigns have another busy weekend in Ohio with the election just two months away.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Ohio's Appalachian region all weekend.
Mitt Romney's son will be in the same area Saturday. Craig Romney will be in Portsmouth near the Ohio River in southern Ohio and in Athens on Saturday.
Biden on Saturday led rallies in Zanesville in eastern Ohio and the southeastern Ohio college town of Athens. He'll also hold a Sunday morning rally at Portsmouth High School.
The vice president spoke to a packed house of 675 spectators at the Athens Community Center, focusing his speech on moving the economy forward.
"Promote the public sector not the privileged sector," Biden told the crowd, encouraging them to invest in American and build the economy "from the middle out, not the top down."
Southeast Ohio has been a swing area within the swing state. Hillary Clinton outpolled Barack Obama there in the 2008 Democratic primary, and Republican John McCain ran better than Obama in much of the region in the general election, although Obama carried the state.
WOUB will have complete coverage of Biden and Romney's visits to the region.  Check back for updates.

Slideshow: Vice President Joe Biden Visits Athens


A crowd of 675 spectators packed the Athens Community Center, with some people forced to listen from the hallway.

Rev. Leon Forte, pastor of Grace Christian Center in Athens, leads the crowd in an invocation.

The crowd bows their heads during Rev. Forte's invocation.

A vocalist sings the National Anthem.

Democratic Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown, an Ohio University alumna, addresses the crowd.

The crowd listens to McGee Brown ask them to vote Democrat all the way down the ticket.

An excited crowd awaits Vice President Joe Biden's arrival.

A woman takes a picture of a little girl waving an Obama Biden sign at the event Saturday.

Former Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland addressed the crowd.

Retired Athens police officer Gary Braglin introduces Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden approaches the stage at the Athens Community Center as spectators wave campaign signs.

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd, as Strickland and Braglin look on.

Biden focused his speech on the economy, while also putting down his Republican opponents.