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Published: Wednesday, 8/29/2012

Vice president to campaign in northeast Ohio on Friday

Vice President Joe Biden is to visit Ohio before his boss stops in Toledo and Cleveland. Vice President Joe Biden is to visit Ohio before his boss stops in Toledo and Cleveland.

COLUMBUS -- Add a Friday stop by Vice President Joe Biden to the list of preconvention visits to battleground Ohio three days before his boss makes Labor Day stops in Toledo and Cleveland.

President Obama's campaign confirmed that Mr. Biden is to visit Lordstown in northeast Ohio. It provided no added details, but General Motors recently announced that it plans to invest $220 million to retool its Lordstown plant and nearby Parma Metal Center to produce the next generation of the Chevrolet Cruze.

That could provide a backdrop for the Obama Administration to again spotlight comeback stories for U.S. automakers in the wake of the taxpayer bailouts of GM and Chrysler.

The industry rescue plan likely will come up again when Mr. Obama visits an unspecified location in Toledo on Labor Day. Chrysler recently accepted applications for 1,100 anticipated new jobs at its expanding Toledo Assembly complex.

The Obama campaign has not provided details for the President's visit, but sources have indicated the campaign has considered multiple union halls in Toledo and Rossford for possible post-parade stops.

The Democratic National Convention officially will begin Tuesday, and Mr. Obama will take to the stage at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte two days later to accept the Democratic nomination for re-election. The auto bailout is again expected to be highlighted at the convention.

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