CLEVELAND - If it’s presidential election season, you’ll find all those seeking the office crisscrossing Ohio.
"Ohio, Ohio, Ohio" is the mantra for any presidential hopeful this year as it was when Bill Clinton ran for the office in 1992. If you're to win the White House, you're going to need Ohio in your column.
Nov. 2, 1992, the day before Election Day, found Clinton along with his wife, Hillary, at a campaign rally at Burke Lakefront Airport with WEWS reporter Lou Maglio spearheading our coverage.
Sharing the stage with the man who would beat President George Bush were a who’s who of Democratic Party names in Ohio: Cleveland Mayor Mike White, former Governor Dick Celeste, Senator John Glenn, former Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher.
In the background, the Cleveland fireboat Anthony J. Celebrezze can be seen spraying fountains of water.
Clinton was losing his voice, but invoked Teddy Roosevelt saying, “Teddy Roosevelt once said we should walk softly and carry a big stick, today I want to talk softly and carry Ohio.”
Maglio refers to the many visits Clinton had made to the Cleveland area, including visits to a local eatery Parma Pierogis.
Speaking just before Clinton was Ron Brown. Brown would have the cabinet position of Commerce Secretary in the Clinton administration. Brown, on a mission as Commerce Secretary, would die in a plane crash in Croatia in 1996.
Election Day 1992 was a slam dunk for Clinton as he crushed the first President Bush and independent presidential hopeful Ross Perot. Clinton collected 370 electoral votes, including Ohio’s 21, to President Bush’s 168 electoral votes. Perot received no electoral votes.
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