48 Hours for the Undecided to Decide

Published by Pamela Gentry on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm.

By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Producer  

COLUMBUS (Nov. 2, 2008) – With only 48 hours remaining in the race for the White House, the battleground state of Ohio both presidential candidates are pressing their argument about why undecided voters should do more than “lean” their way. They want their vote.  

The Midwest, working-class state is a “must-win” state for Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Barack Obama would like to see it turn blue.  Ohio sealed the deal for President Bush in 2004, and Obama’s road to Pennsylvania Ave would be easier with Ohio in the win column.  

That’s why I’m in Ohio. 

I’ll be watching and waiting here in Columbus to see first hand which way one of the most critical states swings.  Both Obama and McCain raced around Ohio this weekend with hopes of luring any remaining undecided voters.  

Obama traveled to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus on Sunday.  “We’ve got to want it more,” he told folks gathered at a rally in Cincinnati.  Throughout the state, he warned supporters not to become overconfident. And before a crowd of 60,000 in Columbus, he told voters, “Don’t believe for a second that this election is over.”  In Cleveland, with rocker Bruce Springsteen, he told a another crowd of  80,000, “We can’t afford to slow down, sit back, or let up for one day, one minute, or one second in these last few days.”

In the final 48 hours, McCain brought some star power of his own on to the Buckeye State.  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared with McCain in Columbus at the Nationwide Arena. Schwarzenegger questioned Obama’s readiness to lead and told the crowd of 10,000, “Ladies and gentlemen, I only play an action hero in the movies. John McCain is a real action hero.”

McCain also campaigned in Pennsylvania, another state in the “toss-up” column.  McCain would like to turn this blue state red.  Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) carried Pennsylvania in 2004. “My friends, I’ve been in a lot of campaigns. I know when momentum is there,” McCain said in Wallingford, Pa. “We’re going to win Pennsylvania and we’re going to win this election. I sense it, and I feel it, and I know it.”

With some polls saying 6 percent to 8 percent of voters are still undecided, neither candidate can take a break.  I know the next 48 hours will feel like the longest since this journey to the White House began some 21 months ago.  

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lynn said on November 3rd, 2008

IAM PROUD THAT I WILL WITNESS A HISTORY IN THE MAKING IN MY LIFE TIME!!!..AND I HAD A PART OF IT!!..IAM ALSO PROUD OF ALL THE ..”WHITE ..BLACK..ASIAN..AND LATINOS..THAT HAVE LOOKED AHEAD AND LOOKED PAST THE DIFFERENCES OF COLOR AND RACE THAT HAS AND WILL KEEP AMERICA DIVIDED!!!..ALL OF US THAT WILL VOTE FOR A ..”CHANGE”..IN AMERICAS POLICYS VOTE FOR A REAL..” FUTURE OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY”..FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.

olounwa said on November 3rd, 2008

A VICTORY FOR OBAMA WILL BE A VICTORY FOR AMERICA… ALL AMERICA…

olounwa said on November 3rd, 2008

THIS IS YOUR MOMENT… AMERICA PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT YOU CAN USE YOUR BRAINS WHEN YOU HAVE TOO…

OBAMA IN 2008!! ITS NEVER TOO LATE…!!!

david said on November 3rd, 2008

I heared that lynn is going to vote for McCain, because at the being of his campain he said that he would not use public’s money but in e-mails he was begging for money for his campain that is like him stand at a cornor with a can, and this aunt from kenya in african is living in amercai illegally for four years and he said that he did not know about this BS and she also gave $265 to his campain obama said that he would give a refude to her beacuse foreign nattionals can not donate and at this time he is not talking to immigration .

olounwa said on November 3rd, 2008

funny how pale lynns pregnant teen is a “family matter” , mccain noshame’s treatment of his first wife is a “family matter” and suddenly obama’s auntie’s over stay in the us is an “international incident”???> come on david, fox news can surely do better than that.? what, havent you found a gaggle of drunk obama twins yet?. you are really scrapping the bottom of the barrall cos you know obama is going to whip some republican hide come weds evening .. ,get over your self …loser!!!
muhhahahahahaha…

seschris said on November 3rd, 2008

My family and neighbors here in North Carolina waited in line 3 hours on Saturday morning to vote for Senator Barack Obama for President. We were willing to wait as long as it took. Many people have waited much longer than we did during early voting…plus never forget that our ancestors died for this right to vote. While we were in line waiting white people were driving by in cars yelling “BARACK OBAMA” (in a small town, predominately white and middle class). THAT GAVE ME HOPE THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE A LOT OF IDIOTS STILL HUNG UP ON COLOR…THERE ARE A LOT OF SMART PEOPLE WHO KNOW BETTER…IT’S NOT ABOUT COLOR, IT’S ABOUT WHAT AMERICAS NEED TO HEAL FROM THE PAST 8 YEARS. If Senator Obama was red-skinned with purple stripes and a yellow tale with the same beliefs he would still be the best man for the job in 2008…and there will be more like him to follow. Senator Obama has opened the door for ALL children to dream of becoming president….regardless of color…he has removed the boundaries. That’s what America is supposed to be….boundless opportunities FOR ALL!!!

lynn said on November 3rd, 2008

Yes ..”David”.. was going to vote for Mr McCain but I learned that Mr Obama is giving out ..”New Traliers”. for ..”REDNECKS”.that will vote for him so I changed sides Iam sure you qualified to receive a.. Tralier ..a bar of Soap..a can of Dip.and a bottle of Jack Daniels.

seschris said on November 3rd, 2008

david,

You try so hard to insult and anger blacks on thess BET blogs with your little senseless, rambling racist comments; however you loose most of your effectiveness because of your ILLITERACY. You are just not mentally ready for these adult conversations yet. How about you concentrate on finishing ALL of your homework, pay attention in class and when you grow up and finally finish high school THEN you come back and post with us, okay? and don’t forget to drink your milk and eat ALL your vegetables too!

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April said on November 3rd, 2008

I’m so honored to be apart of making a change this year by rocking my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to have Change with Obama in office and I can’t wait to see his face when they say the next president of the united states is: Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PHILLY LOVES OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deena said on November 3rd, 2008

David is a damn fool!

jo said on November 3rd, 2008

LOL @ LYNN’S COMMENTS TO DAVID THE FOOL… WHY YOU WORRYING SO MUCH ABOUT OBAMA AND HIS AUNT DAVID?? YOU NEED TO BE FOCUSING ON PALIN AND HER TRYING TO USE HER EXECUTIVE POWER TO GET PEOPLE LIKE HER BRO. IN LAW FIRED…… HOW MUCH MONEY MCCAIN HAS TAKEN FROM SUPPORTERS AND NOT REPORTED HUH DAVID? I HAVE RELATIVES ALL OVER AND I DONT KNOW MOST OF THEM OR THERE LOCATIONS, SO WHAT’S YOUR POINT TO MAYBE OBAMA KNEW HIS AUNT WAS HERE ILLEGALLY? ALSO WHY ARE YOU HARPING OVER 200 HUNDRED PLUS DOLLARS SHE CONTRIBUTED HE DON’T NEED THAT, AND WHOSE TO SAY MAYBE MCCCAIN’S CAMPAIGN IS BEHIND THIS FICTICIOUS AUNT WHO ‘MAGICALLY ALL OF A SUDDEN APPEARED????????? OIBAMA BIEN ALL THE WAAAAAY PEOPLE……

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Republican said on November 3rd, 2008

COrnbread himself is an illegal. He is a Kenyan Muslim. His people are responsible for 9-11. All the black spade will do is turn America into a Islamic Country and ban other religions.

Go McCain!!!!!!!

seschris said on November 3rd, 2008

Reublican,

LOL. Your entire comment demonstrates the hatred you have for black people in general. LOL. I pity you Wednesday when you learn that your worst nightmare has come true. LOL. The white house has been painted BLACK!!!
BUT don’t worry….BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!!! LOL.

david said on November 3rd, 2008

Me and the McCain voters will do our best to keep that n!gger out of the White House!!!!

seschris said on November 3rd, 2008

David,

Do you know where McCain’s millions of dollars and 7 homes come from?
The money was left by Cindy’ McCain’s father Jim Hensley, a wealthy Arizona businessman. Cindy promotes herself as the only child but what about her half sister Kathleen Hensley Portalski, who is also Jim Hensley’s daughter? The sister in law of John McCain who refuses to vote for him and has only met McCain twice in his entire adulterous marriage to her sister Cindy. This is the same sister who is living well beneath Cindy and John McCain’s income level while they live like royalty on her father’s money. How come you don’t care about this family member? How come McCain’s wife and McCain lying about Cindy being an only child and not sharing their father’ wealth with her sister in all the interviews is not a concern to you David??? MCCAIN IS A LIAR. HIS WIFE IS A LIAR. See the truth below since you want to discuss family. Hey, next time we can dig into that Palin woman’s’ family tree. That will be fun, she’s got so much to hide.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93708729

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david said on November 3rd, 2008
Me and the McCain voters will do our best to keep that n!gger out of the White House!!!!
This is why we need a change in America!!! Ignorant fools that leave blogs like the above is no longer tolerated!!! No education, racist agena, and to top it all off, he can’t even spell…but wait, there’s more…he has a computer with a built in spell check and can’t find it because he can’t even read!!!

Jennifer said on November 3rd, 2008

david,

GOD’s will shall prevail!!!

Senator Barack Obama…welcome to the White House!!!

tru said on November 4th, 2008

IF GOD BEFORE US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US!!!! IT IS WELL..

bestever said on November 4th, 2008

AND THE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS………………………………………………. BARACK OMBABA

Tsana said on November 4th, 2008

AND THE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS………………………………………………. BARACK OMBABA. America its time for a change we already made the mistake once let’s not do it again

Tsana said on November 4th, 2008

America its time for a change lats not make the same mistake twice

francesca said on November 4th, 2008

this is our time and God is with us…

David but not that David said on November 4th, 2008

VOTE, VOTE…GET OUT AND VOTE !!!!, TAKE THE DAY OFF AND VOTE..YOU WILL GET YOUR JOB BACK, DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE POLICE, THE FBI, OR THE CIA, THEY CANT STOP YOU, TELL YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR ENEMIES, YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR BABY MAMMA(S), IF YOU ARE READING THIS, YOU ARE NOT VOTING, STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, DON’T SLEEP IN ON TUESDAY, DON’T THINK YOU CAN VOTE WEDNESDAY, DON’T GET TIRED OF WAITING SEVERAL HOURS IN LINE, THEY WANT YOU TO GO HOME…JUST VOTE

Carol Picket said on November 4th, 2008

I almost voted for Barack Obama, until I spent more time reading and learning and thinking. After spending a lot of time googling the following subjects and reading about it all in depth I just couldn’t do vote for him and so voted for McCain. I felt it was the safer choice. Whether or not anyone believes any of the associations as shown in my list of googling topics has any value, is up to y’all. Anyway, what ocurred to me was that if any of those people listed were eligible to vote; just who would they vote for? Not that each of my terms included a person necessarily. It’s just when I started think about who those people on the list would vote for, I just didn’t want to be part of that group. No just only that, but some of the other stuff was scary. Especially the socialist tendencies, that really scared me. Anyway, here’s some of the search terms from my list….
Please vote. Educate yourself and Vote. Vote right.

Here’s some of the terms I chose to research:

obama redistribution
obama global poverty act
obama jim johnshon
obama socialism
obama alwaleed bin talal
obama ayers
obama frank marshall davis
obama acorn
obama barry soetoro
obama bernie sanders
obama marxism
obama CAIR
obama chicago annenberg challenge
obama cloward-piven strategy
obama democratic socialists of america (DSA)
obama donald warden
obama emil jones
obama fannie mae/freddie mac
obama Farrakhan
obama franklin raines
obama george soros
obama Hatem El-Hady
obama Kenny Gamble
obama khalid al-Mansour
obama khalidi
obama malcolm x
obama Mazen Asbahi
obama mohammed hasan chandoo
obama raila odinga
obama rezko
obama saul alinski
obama sirhan sirhan
obama vs. berg
obama woods fund
obama wright/united trinity church

Indie Liberal said on November 4th, 2008

Bush “won” Ohio due to voter suppression.

ebrima k. said on November 4th, 2008

Stupid CAROL PICKET you are also as racist as the SELFIST MACCAIN.But let me tell you no matter what your stupid thinking gives you OBAMA is going to win this election by the special GRACE of god.You think your this kind of foolish tricks will work any more.BY GOD IT IS VERY GOOD to run for your country but only if you are legible to and if you are not mentaly impared you can find it out that MACCAIN is not the one america needs now.for god sake he is an old,foolish,selfish,racist who can only put america into deep problems instead of salvaging us.So think again and decide your future.

Joshua said on November 4th, 2008

Please fellow blacks, you should not be worried on the few racists.There are millions of whites and other races who will rally behind Obama.Similarly no blacks can turn any state blue without the overwhelming white votes.Mind you we are only 11% in total votes countrywide, so if we want Obama to get into the white house by Grace of God is only when the whites come out and vote for him, contrary to that it will be mirage. So lets pray for our white brothers and sisters to come out and vote for their son also.Without that there will be no chance.

Republican said on November 4th, 2008

Get ready for the great showdown tonight!!!!! Cornbread will be really crying tommorrow!!!!!

olounwa said on November 4th, 2008

i have noticed that the paranoia is setting in already amongst certain black blogs.. warning their fellow black voters of a” white blacklash” if obama wins.. (sigh!) there is sooo much wrong with this, firstly, the chances of a black voter being hounded and bullied for voting for obama are virtually negliable in blue states,, where the overwhelming majority of whites are voting for obama.. 2, blacks are more likely to be attacked by their fellow blacks in black neighbourhoods.. violence is nothing in the englewood type areas but of course thats not the same is it?.3,if it aint broke, why are some of you looking to fix it already?. blacks are too busy , destroying themselves they dont need any outside help.

seschris said on November 4th, 2008

Carol Picket and anybody else:

I voted right. I voted for Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. Your SILLY list is meaningless and provides no real information for an intelligent person to ponder. I’m not scared of Senator Barack Obama…most smart voters aren’t …I’m scared of the alternative…McCain/Palin!

olounwa said on November 4th, 2008

republican.. dont have any food..??? whats with the “cornbread” hungry..??( what didnt bush bail you out too?. or was that 700million dollars not enough to pay for your copy of playboy?.I hear pale lynn does a mean alaska bake at her kitchen window.!!!. ( as long as you invite the russians in for tea)….she’s good to go….

seschris said on November 4th, 2008

Republican and david,

If blacks are so stupid then why the hell are republicans in many states trying to throw out our ballots, telling voters in line that the voting will be continued tomorrow and basically doing all manner of distracting behaviors to make us leave the polls without voting? If Senator Obama has no chance of winning in this very racist country (thanks to scum like you two) then why are republicans working so hard ALL over the country to BLOCK OUR VOTE. WHY CAN’T THIS ELECTION BE FAIR???
WHY ARE REPUBLICANS ALWAYS CHEATING DURING ELECTIONS???
COULD IT BE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS CAN NOT WIN THIS ELECTION WITHOUT TRICKERY AND STEALING????

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im on my way to Chi town.theres a celebration brewing!!!
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SEE YOU IN THE END ZONE!!!!
CHAMPAGNE ON ME!!!

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