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The Obama Campaign’s Battleground State Secret Weapon: Joe Biden

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By Doug Powers  •  November 26, 2011 10:48 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Alternate headline: Three states targeted for gaffe stimulus:

A year from Election Day, Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Vice President Joe Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, states where Biden might be more of an asset to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign than the president himself.

The Biden plan underscores an uncomfortable reality for the Obama team. A shaky economy and sagging enthusiasm among Democrats could shrink the electoral map for Obama in 2012, forcing his campaign to depend on carrying the 67 electoral votes up for grabs in the three swing states.

Obama won all three states in 2008. But this time he faces challenges in each, particularly in Ohio and Florida, where voters elected Republican governors in the 2010 midterm elections.

The wheels have really come off Hope & Change. Team Obama’s election strategy has gone from “Yes we can” to “stand up, Chuck!”

Here’s a reminder of the secret weapon Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida can look forward to seeing much more of next year:

**Written by Doug Powers

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