Natalie Portman, Frances Strickland speak at local Obama event

CINCINNATI - Actress Natalie Portman and former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland spoke in the Tri-State on Wednesday at the Obama for America's Ohio Women Vote 2012 Summit.

The event took place Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.

Organizers say the summit will provide women with the opportunity to hear how President Barack Obama supports women and their families.

With early voting starting in two weeks, Ohio is sticking to its reputation as a battleground state. Both sides of the campaign have visited the area recently.

President Obama spoke in Eden Park on Monday. Last week, Republican Mitt Romney campaigned in northern Ohio and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopped in Clermont County. Also, Vice President Joe Biden returned to the Buckeye State last Wednesday for a campaign visit to Wright State University in Dayton.

Portman may be a Hollywood actress, but she also has ties to the Tri-State. The Oscar winner's grandmother lives in Hyde Park.

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