Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: We’re back in Cleveland for our final pit-stop of Campaign 2008. We are now at the 83,000 mile mark of campaigning over the past three election cycles, including two solid years of campaigning in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch noted last week that I said one of the first things I’d do as president would be to “get everyone in Congress, on Wall Street, on Main Street… calculators that worked!” During an interview with the editor of the Franciscan University newspaper in Steubenville, Ohio, last week, I said with 24,000 people starving to death in the Third World everyday (UN figure), I would push for much more foreign aid (this is currently 4% of the country’s budget). Yesterday I told a reporter from the BG News at Bowling Green State University, that one of the first things I’d do when I got to D.C. was “change the national symbol from an eagle to a falcon (BG mascot). On a more serious note, I told the reporter that reversing climate change would be a top priority… The Cleveland Diocesan newspaper this week noted that I see the global warming as a pro-Life issue. “No world. No life…” Coming up the eastern side of Ohio, we put up fliers in such towns as Wellsville, Ravenna, Lisbon… Well, when you don’t have the money for the million dollar advertising, a well-placed flier in a small town could be just the ticket to Pennsylvania Avenue. (And we continue to do this all without paid political consultants.) Note: ‘Joe the plumber’ from Ohio? What about ‘Joe the presidential candidate’ from Ohio, who could just impact the vote enough — to change the whole complexion of the race. Remember Ohio during Campaign 2004?