CINCINNATI, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- President Obama, as he has in recent speeches, told a Cincinnati crowd Monday that the November election is critical.
"Just 15 days from now, Ohio, starting on Oct. 2, you guys can start voting [early] and you've got a big choice to make," Obama said. "I honestly believe this is the clearest choice of any time in a generation. It's not just between two candidates or two political parties, but it is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for how we move forward as a country."
He repeated his plans for making higher education more accessible, using an "all of the above" to wean the nation from dependence on foreign oil and revamping the tax code so it will be fairer across all income levels.
"Our vision, our fight is for that basic bargain that built the greatest middle class on Earth and the strongest economy the world has ever known," Obama said. "It's a bargain that says, if you work hard, that hard work will pay off; that responsibility will be rewarded; that everybody should get a fair shot, everybody should do their fair share, everybody should play by the same rules."
As he did during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Election in Charlotte, N.C., two weeks ago, Obama said he never promised the road to recovery would be quick or easy.
"But let me tell you something -- I know we will get there," he said, adding later, "There's not a country on Earth that wouldn't trade places with the United States of America."
When the crowd booed at the mention of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Obama said:
"Don't boo -- vote."