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Obama Campaign co-chair Strickland: Obama will carry Ohio, and President has been clear on his vision going forward

Republican Mitt Romney has campaign events scheduled in Reno, Nevada, and later in the afternoon or this evening, he's going to be in Cedar Rapids in Iowa.

President Barack Obama is going to need lots of caffeine. He's kicking off a two-day, round-the-clock tour through six states, rally in Davenport, Iowa, then he's off to Denver, Colorado, then to L.A. to tape "The Tonight Show", then to Vegas. The tour ends tomorrow in Ohio.

This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad talks with former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who is also the national co-chair for the Obama campaign. He explains to Soledad why he thinks President Obama will carry Ohio in the election.

"I think we're in good shape in Ohio," Strickland says. "The President is doing very well in the early voting. We believe we've got a small, but a very meaningful lead. I know of no polls that have ever had Governor Romney leading in Ohio. The President has been here, will be here Thursday night, back in Cleveland. And there's a wonderful ground operation here for the Obama campaign. I've never seen anything like it. I think Ohio will stay in the Obama camp. If Ohio does that, then it's going to be really tough for Mitt Romney to win this election."

Also during the interview, John Berman asks Strickland if the Obama Campaign's recent release of a 19-page booklet dubbed the 'blueprint for America's future' is coming out too late in the election game.

"I think what we're seeing in this pamphlet that has recently been made available to us is a vision for what the President wants to do going forward: advanced energy, education, infrastructure, investments in critical research. Those are the things that are going to move this country forward," Strickland says.

Strickland adds, "I think the President has been clear. But I think what we're seeing in this pamphlet is just an attempt to pull those ideas together and to present them in an organized manner."

"Those who say he has no agenda for the future are just simply wrong or haven't been paying attention," he says.

See more in the clip below.

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