Marchae Grair/Ohio.com correspondent

Former Gov. Ted. Strickland may not be the Ohio head of state any longer, but he remains significantly active in Ohio politics, especially in the 2012 presidential campaign.


Strickland is wrapping up a three-day bus tour in Ohio and will carry that momentum as one of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention.


“I think it was important, especially this week, while the Republicans are in Tampa, to continue to hold out for the people of Ohio, the stark differences between the Romney/Ryan ticket and the Obama/Biden ticket in terms of the policies they will pursue that would have a direct impact upon the middle class,” Strickland said.
 
Strickland is a co-chair of the Obama/Biden campaign, and plans to take his knowledge about Ohio constituents to the DNC, next week in Charlotte.
 
“I’m going to be stressing the fact that Ohio’s economy is improving, and it is not improving because of Ted Strickland or John Kasich,” he said.
 
Strickland continued to credit President Obama with policies, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the auto bailouts that helped both he and Gov. Kasich find economic improvements.
 
As Strickland’s eyes shift to Charlotte, he keeps the youth of Ohio in his mind for inspiration.
 
Even though the bus tour targeted all middle-class Ohioans, Strickland was ecstatic about the enthusiasm of young people in the area.
 
“We very much enjoyed our stop at Kent and have been talking sense about the young, student leaders that we met there,” Strickland said. “Very impressive. Very, very engaged younger people who are quite frankly the future of our party and the future of our state and country. Young people who obviously are bright and highly motivated. And young people who are equally concerned about the country they’re going to be living, and in a few years, be responsible for leading.
 
Stops in places such as Kent State and Ohio University aimed to reach middle class families affected by the rising cost of education, and the Republican party’s budget regarding higher learning.
 
“You will see that that budget calls for very dramatic cuts in the Pell Gram program, which is so vital to working class young people being able to afford a college education,” Strickland said. “You’ll see that there are cuts in work study programs... We think it’s especially important to reach out to places like Kent State University, Ohio University, and other university communities across Ohio and let the student population and their families know what a Romney/Ryan administration would be to them and to the students of Ohio.”