OHIO - The battle for the Buckeye State heats up in Campaign '08.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama making separate Ohio appearances in communities just 25 miles apart.
McCain - accompanied by running mate Sarah Palin- held a morning rally in Lebanon while Barack Obama stumped at Stebbins High School in the Dayton suburb of Riverside.
McCain and Palin wasted no time telling the crowd that Ohio is a "must win state." McCain has visited 13 times as the Republicans' general election candidate.
Obama, meanwhile, outlined his plans for educating Ohio and America's children. He called for increased investment in public education especially in the earliest years, helping teachers create 21st Century classrooms, teaching to more than just standardized tests and increasing the number of high schoolers taking college level courses.
Obama said it could all be done for the cost of a few days in Iraq.