President Barack Obama will visit a Cleveland steel plant Thursday to discuss the economy, a White House official confirmed.
Obama will travel to Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal’s facility in northeast Ohio, which is investing $55 million in one of its blast furnaces and hired about 150 workers over the past year. According to the White House, Obama will “deliver remarks on the economy and the strength of American manufacturing.” Additional details of the event are forthcoming.
This will be Obama’s first visit to Ohio since delivering the commencement address at the Ohio State University on May 5.
Obama won re-election in Ohio by about 3 percentage points last year on a message that the economy was improving. But now Democrats are trying to create a path to victory for gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald by arguing that Ohio’s economy is floundering under Republican Gov. John Kasich, so it will be interesting to see if Obama’s message at the steel plant plays into or detracts from FitzGerald’s line of attack.
Kasich, meanwhile, met with ArcelorMittal's chief executive Lakshmi Mittal while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year.
By Joe Vardon - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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