Inside Look at the Ohio Battleground

Oct 7, 2008 5:47pm

ABC’s Stu Schutzman blogs from the World News Battleground Bus Tour in Ohio:

Great sunrise this morning, even more impressive thru the tinted windows on the right side of the bus as we headed north up the interstate toward Wapakoneta, Ohio. No better example of small town America than Wapakoneta, population about 9,000. We spent about an hour in the Cloud Nine Coffee Shop talking politics and the economy with some local business owners, to a person very concerned about the future. After scones and coffee which were every bit as good as the conversation, we were back on the bus en route to Bowling Green, Ohio.

As we were town we couldn’t miss a bizarre oval like structure seemingly growing out of the ground. Turns out it was designed to look like the moon, what better symbol for a museum dedicated to Wapakoneta native, Neal Armstrong, first man on the moon. And then back on I-75 north.

Just outside Bowling Green, we stopped to gawk at Ohio’s first wind power farm. Four enormous wind turbines rise more than 250 feet above the corn and wheat fields. The blades automatically rotate to find the the best wind conditions — it’s an awesome sigh which makes you feel very small. The farm provides electricity for about 3000 households and was intended to spur interest in alternative energy sources — certainly got our attention.

The bus is finally settled in a cozy parking lot at Bowling Green State University where Charlie anchors World News and the 2nd presidential debate. The battle for Ohio is being waged in all the small towns and campuses that dot the map of this heartland state.

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