Strongsville, OH - Fresh off his second debate with Barack Obama, John McCain returned to Ohio late Wednesday armed with his running mate Sarah Palin.
The Republican ticket - introduced by Browns QB Brady Quinn - appeared before a boisterous crowd of thousands for the hour-long rally.
"This is a man who would not forsake his country. We need heroes like this," Quinn said. "We need heroes like this to inspire us and to remind us that we are the greatest nation."
McCain spokesman Paul Lindsey says the presidential candidate looked forward to talking to northeast Ohio voters about getting the economy moving again and reforming Washington and Wall Street.
The latest polls of Ohio voters have put McCain slightly behind Democratic opponent Barack Obama in the battleground state.
Obama will stop in Dayton, Cincinnati and the southern Ohio city of Portsmouth on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed material to this story.