inger/songwriter Carole King (left) and Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland (right) sing a song together while visiting Van Wert on Saturday on a campaign stop for Sen. Barack Obama. They both spoke at the Van Wert County Democratic Headquarters.
inger/songwriter Carole King (left) and Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland (right) sing a song together while visiting Van Wert on Saturday on a campaign stop for Sen. Barack Obama. They both spoke at the Van Wert County Democratic Headquarters.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Carole King and Ohio's First Lady, Mrs. Frances Strickland, visited Van Wert on Saturday afternoon as part of a camapign stop for Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.

King, who has been politically active for many years and especially concerning environmental issues, took the time to shake the hands of nearly everyone in attendance before speaking for about 15 minutes on her political beliefs and her reasons for thinking that Obama should be the next President of the United States. She had actually campaigned for Sen. Hillary Clinton during the primaries but began backing the Illinois senator after the Democratic National Convention.

"Seeing what has been happening to folks in communities like mine and all across the country, I have a real affinity for rural communities," she told the Times Bulletin. "For the past eight years I think the Republicans have been playing to the rural communities but not looking after our neighbors."

King went on to discuss how her community in Idaho is seeing some of the same problems that Van Wert has been experiencing over the past few years. Their high school graduates are also going away to college and not returning because of a lack of jobs.

Strickland also spoke to the crowd for about 15 minutes, sharing her and Gov. Ted Strickland's support for Obama. Then she surprised the crowd by pulling out a guitar and played a couple of songs while she and King sang together, getting the crowd to join in on a sing-a-long.