Today President Barack Obama officially started his reelection campaign. In his stump speech, given at Ohio State University, the incumbent made sure to point out that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed on his watch.
“We’re not returning to the days when you can be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are or who you love. That would be wrong for our national security, and it would be a betrayal of our values,” the president said, as reported by the New Civil Rights Movement.
'Don't Ask' was the military policy prohibiting troops from being out while they served. The 17 year old policy was instituted by President Bill Clinton in 1993. According to numbers provided by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network approximately 14,000 personnel were dismissed under DADT.
Ohio will be a battle state between the president and the presumptive nominee, Gov. Mitt Romney. As reported by a Quinnipiac University poll, Ohio is now virtually tied; the president at 44 percent and the challenger 42.
'Gov. Mitt Romney has closed President Barack Obama's leads in Ohio and Florida to the point that those two states are now essentially tied, a turnaround from the end of March when the president enjoyed leads in those key states,' said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
In Florida, Romney leads 44 to 43.
'Romney's ability to cut into the president's leads in Ohio and Florida reflects two changes in the political environment,' Brown continued 'First, since he is now the de facto nominee, Romney is no longer being attacked by his fellow Republicans, who are closing ranks behind him. Second, voter optimism about the economy has leveled off, reflecting economic statistics over the past month and the public reaction to them.'