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Obama supporters react to town hall visit

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

In battleground Ohio, the war for votes is being fought on all levels.  While both campaigns are spending millions on television ads blanketing the state, President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney know they cannot afford overlook the value of a single handshake.

"It's your word, it's your promise," Norma Palmer argued.

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, Obama supporters say that personal connection still counts.

"I don't think we've moved that far along," supporter Chris Turner said. "You've still got to shake some hands and kiss some babies."

Turner would know, Obama picked up his own child before heading to the podium.

"It lets us know that ‘I'm here, I'm on the same level as you guys, I'm fighting for the same things that you guys are fighting for and I'm believing in the same things that you're believing in,' Turner explained. "I was very appreciative that he took the time to shake my hand."

"It's definitely an equalizer," explained Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi K. Sammarco who attended the event. "Because when you shake somebody's hand you tell them that you respect them and that you appreciate that they're there."

 "I think it's so important to have that one-on-one connection," teacher Jeff Whitesell agreed. "He does it better than most people. He's able to talk off the cuff. He comes down and kisses babies. I haven't seen that done for years."

Obama not only offered handshakes during his visit, but he even sang a few bars to celebrate one young man's eighteenth birthday.

"It was probably the best moment… of my life," attendee Adam Hoover said.

Hoover says the personal connection with Obama is one he feels deeply as a member of the LGBT community.

"It's hard to get accepted and hard to fit in but when you have people that back you… that's kind of why I came and camped out," he explained. "I figured I don't have a lot of money but at least I was here to support him."

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