Obama, Romney Talk Economy in Battleground Ohio

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President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are set to offer sharply different visions Thursday of how to fix the nation's economy. They'll be making their cases in the battleground state of Ohio.

The president's address will be his first major speech on the economy for the general election. It comes as the Labor Department announced more bad news on the jobs front.

According to Thursday's report, weekly applications for jobless benefits rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000.

The dismal numbers highlight some Democrats' fears that the president's economic message is not working.

"I'm worried that when the White House and the campaign talks about the progress that's being made, people take that as a signal that they think that things are fine, and people don't think that or believe that," Democratic strategist James Carville explained. 
Meanwhile, Romney will be explaining to a divided public how he would lead the economy, including the priorities for his first 100 days in office.

A win in Ohio is vital for both men.