With Mitt Romney beginning to tighten the gap between President Obama and himself in the latest CNN polls, Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) joins “Starting Point” to discuss the upcoming presidential debate. Strickland argues that the Obama campaign in Ohio is the “strongest” he’s “ever seen” with an extensive grassroots effort.

“You don’t count your chickens before they hatch and we’re not going to do that,” Strickland says. “But we’re voting in Ohio beginning today and people stayed up all night, camped out all night here in Ohio, waiting to be able to cast their votes this morning.”

Strickland also argues that despite the high unemployment rate, Obama is able to remain a slight lead in the polls because many Americans have “started to see” success “in the Midwest” and “in manufacturing states.” “Things are improving in America and we ought not to just turn around and go back to the same failed policies that brought on this recession in the first place,” Strickland says.