By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Akron on Monday to provide a boost to Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's campaign.
Biden, who also walked with the governor in a Labor Day parade in Toledo, will take part in a rally for Strickland and lieutenant governor candidate Yvette McGee Brown starting at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Akron's Student Union ballroom.
''It's a great honor that the vice president and governor chose the University of Akron,'' said Wyatt Curtis, a senior and president of the College Democrats, which is sponsoring the event.
The rally is free and open to the general public, but tickets are required. Reservations can be made online at http://www.tedstrickland.com/page/s/biden-akron or tickets can be picked up at the Student Union on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. People must show a photo ID to receive a ticket.
The ballroom holds about 1,000 people.
Summit County Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Jones said he expects a large crowd.
''[President Obama and Biden] are working hard in Washington and fighting for the middle class,'' Jones said. ''Anytime you have a vice president in town, it's a big deal.''
Curtis, a political science major from Orrville, said he hopes the governor and vice president talk about higher education since they will be on a college campus. ''The students are excited,'' Curtis said.
Ohio has seen frequent visits from Biden and former President Bill Clinton in the last month.
''We have a lot of people coming in because they know how important Ohio is to the future,'' Jones said.
Biden is traveling the country to support Democratic candidates. He already has stumped for U.S. Senate candidates in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and plans to be in Minnesota and Wisconsin next month to support gubernatorial candidates.
Strickland, a first-term governor, faces an uphill battle for re-election, according to recent political polls. The Quinnipiac Polling Institute released a poll this week showing Republican John Kasich with a 17-percentage point lead over Strickland.