BEDFORD HEIGHTS -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he needs to change the minds of some voters who back President Barack Obama.
In Bedford Heights at American Spring Wire, Romney said it was about creating middle class jobs in manufacturing.
"The economy here is sluggish but still improving....and while support for the President is strong, it's not what it was four years ago," he said.
Bedford Heights has almost almost 11,000 people, two-thirds of whom are African American, lots of older Italian-Americans, a very democratic area and for President Obama.
Democratic Bedford Heights Mayor Fletcher Berger helped roll out the welome mat for Romney.
With seven steel parts manufacturing companies in the city, manufacturing is vital.
For Bedford Heights, the visit means a big bill for police department overtime and the prestige of being a campaign stop.
Four years ago, President-elect Obama came to Cardinal Fastener, a company that makes parts for wind turbines.