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Decision 2012: Ohio, Big Bird Fly Into The Focus Of Presidential Campaign

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Four weeks from Election Day, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are campaigning in Ohio, as the two candidates continue their odd tussle over the "Sesame Street" character Big Bird. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

Can you tell Mitt Romney how to get to the White House? If history is any guide, it's through Ohio. No Republican has won the Presidency without it.

On Tuesday evening, he was outside Akron with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

"I want you to know how confident I am in America's future and it comes because of the heart and spirit of the American people," Romney said.

Up until recently, the Republicans seemed to give up snagging the Buckeye State. But Romney's debate performance is reversing his outlook.

"I can tell you that the Romney campaign, their view of Ohio now and in the view of some public polls that have come out post-debate, Ohio is once-again a toss up state," said Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal Hotline.

President Barack Obama was at Ohio State. Aware of his slide, he's sharpening his stump speech, especially on foreign policy, the subject of an Oct. 22 debate.

Obama is seizing on Romney's belief that troop withdrawal from Iraq was too quick.

"Ohio, you can't turn a page on the failed policies of the past if you're promising to repeat them," the president said. "We cannot afford to go back to a foreign policy that gets us into wars with no plan to end them. We're moving forward, not going back."

Unlike Big Bird, the battle over Sesame Street, meanwhile, seems to be fully in flight. It's even hatched a new Obama attack ad.

"At a time like this, for the president to get up and say, as he has over the last several days, that he's focused on saving Big Bird is kinda a strange thing in my view," Romney said.

Big Bird's creators at the Sesame Workshop have asked that Obama take down the ad, saying they don't get involved in political races. NY1 is told that Obama is considering it. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP