Staff and wire reports
Superstorm Sandy cost Akron a chance to see President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
But today the city will play host to another president — Bill Clinton.
Obama is resuming his storm-delayed chase to win Ohio with help from Clinton, while Republicans are putting together a rally for Friday evening in suburban Cincinnati.
Clinton will headline a rally at John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., in downtown Akron. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the program is scheduled to begin about 6 p.m.
The event is free, but tickets are required. For more information, go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/Clinton-akron-nov-1.
Tickets for Obama’s Wednesday stop at the University of Akron, which was canceled due to superstorm Sandy, will be honored at today’s rally.
In addition to Akron, Clinton will appear at rallies in Toledo and Chillicothe.
Obama will return to Ohio on Friday, campaigning at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, followed by a rescheduled rally in Springfield and an afternoon rally in Lima.
On Saturday, the president will speak at a rally in Mentor, as well as Milwaukee, Wis.; Dubuque, Iowa; and Bristow, Va.
The state-hopping continues for Obama on Sunday with appearances in New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado and Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan’s campaign said they will be joined by an expanded list of big-name Republicans and star athletes Friday at their rally in the northern Cincinnati suburb of West Chester.
Besides Romney’s wife, Ann, and children, and Ryan’s wife, Janna, the campaign said nearly 100 other supporters will campaign this weekend for the ticket, with the push kicking off in West Chester.
Among those expected are U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, whose district includes West Chester; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati; and golf star Jack Nicklaus.
Boehner will be in Medina County on Sunday for an 11:30 a.m. rally at the GOP Victory Center, 300 Weatherstone Drive, Wadsworth.
The rally will kick off a final round of door-knocking in the 16th District, where U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, and Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, are running against one another because of redistricting.
The Boehner and Romney/Ryan campaign buses will be present for the event.