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Presidential debate puts Ohio on the map
Both candidates allude to Buckeye state several times in 90 minute debate
This story is part of a special series.

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
The swing state of Ohio got some direct pitches from both candidates during the first presidential debate last night. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia spoke with David Cohen of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics about what was and wasn’t said, and what’s likely to come up in the next rounds.
Presidential debate puts Ohio on the map

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The Buckeye state is key to the campaigns of both Mitt Romney and President Obama, and both candidates alluded to Ohio a half-dozen times during the 90-minute debate. President Obama praised the Cleveland Clinic as a model for the effective and efficient patient care he says will come with the Affordable Care Act.

“They actually provide great care, cheaper than average. And the reason they do is because they do some smart things. They say, if a patient’s coming in, ‘Let’s get all the doctors together at once, do one test, instead of having the patient run around with ten tests.’”

Mitt Romney touted the amount of oil and gas drilling on private land before attacking Mr. Obama on other energy policies. 

“I’ll also get the oil from off-shore and Alaska. And I’ll bring that pipeline in from Canada. And by the way, I like coal. I’m gonna make sure we get to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies.”

Political Scientist Dave Cohen of the University of Akron's Bliss Institute says those Buckeye shout-outs were no accident. Cohen says the president is likely to underscore Ohio’s economy in upcoming debates, as unemployment and job growth are beating the national average. And Gov. Romney is expected to talk more about energy as a part of national security during the next debate, which tackles foreign policy.
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