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Just throwing up a quick diary for the Ohio State rally w. our President and lovely First Lady, Michelle Obama.

It is the first time in two years that they've campaigned together. They're stumping for incumbent Governor, Ted Strickland.

The event was scheduled to being at 6:15, but has now been postponed to 8:00 p.m.

John Legend is the musical guest and his performance should begin around 7:00 p.m.

Livestream video via OFA: http://www.barackobama.com/...

Obama and first lady hit the campaign trail together

The nation's most prominent political tag team is back in action today: Barack and Michelle Obama.

The president and first lady campaign together today for the first time since their 2008 race for the White House; they are traveling to what is probably the nation's most important swing state, Ohio.

First, the Obamas will attend a fundraising reception in Cleveland for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who faces a tough re-election bid against former U.S. representative John Kasich, R-Ohio.

Then it's on to Columbus for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. And tonight, there will be a major youth rally at Ohio State University as the president and his party continue their efforts to energize the kinds of voters who propelled their victories two years ago.

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No word yet on crowd size, but here are some early photos of the crowd:

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They were in Hunting Valley earlier in the day for a fundraiser for Strickland. 350 people attended:

Crowd estimate in print:

Oct 17, 8:47 PM EDT

Obama targets key groups in election's homestretch

By JULIE PACE
Associated Press Writer

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Speaking before a lively crowd of 35,000 during a Sunday night rally on the campus of Ohio State University, the president sought to recapture the enthusiasm of his presidential campaign, urging Democrats not to give up in the face of polls predicting sweeping defeats for the party in November.

"You can defy the conventional wisdom, the kind that says you can't overcome the cynicism of our politics," Obama said, his voice hoarse from three straight days of campaigning.

The White House said Sunday's crowd was the largest Obama had spoken to since his inauguration.

Updated with video and photos from the event:

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Originally posted to marabout40 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 03:54 PM PDT.

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