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Politics

Ohio’s poor say Obama, Romney ignoring their plight

CINCINNATI — From the stoop of his rented home amid row houses in one of Ohio’s poorest counties, Neil Howell wondered aloud if anyone could truly make a difference in the lives of families like his. Does it matter who wins the White House?

As President Obama and Mitt Romney crisscross Ohio this month, Howell has watched in disappointment the two tangling over foreign affairs, the economy, and taxes on the middle class and the rich. There’s been scant talk, he said, about improving the lives of America’s poor.

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