Cordray, who was Obama's appointee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is locked in a tight contest for governor against Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine. "Just remember when the ball got rolling".
"You may just have a different point of view on policy; that's part of our democracy and that's ok, but what I'm saying here tonight, even if you do not agree with the Democrats' position on these issues, even if you're an independent, even if you're an old-fashioned Republican, you should still cast your ballot for Richard Cordray", Obama added.
The Cleveland rally comes less than a week after Obama's fiery rebuke to Trump in that IL speech, calling the 2018 elections a "pivotal moment" with "dire" consequences for the country. Obama said in May 2008.
"2016 is over, but President Obama continues to dismiss the millions of voters across Ohio who rejected a continuation of his policies in favor of President Trump's plan for historic tax cuts, new jobs and soaring economic growth", said Mandi Merritt, Ohio spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.
Former President Barack Obama is visiting closely divided OH to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray and other Democrats.
Obama drew a contrast between Cordray's polite - some say boring - style and the president's.
Democrats have high hopes in OH after eight years of the Republican administration of Gov. John Kasich, hopes that were bolstered after they fell just over 1,500 votes short of winning an August special election for a congressional seat in a district Donald Trump won by double-digits in 2016. "He just did it", Obama said. Sherrod Brown, who faces a challenge from Republican Jim Renacci (reh-NAY'-see), a congressman from Wadsworth.
Obama is hoping that sharing his administration's success story will boost Cordray enough to win in November.
Obama spoke about how he appointed Cordray as the nation's first ever consumer watchdog.
"Cordray will destroy your state", Trump said during the August 24 Ohio Republican Party state dinner in Columbus.
Cordray's campaign said there's nothing improper about the firm's work for the government or the campaign.
"He didn't go around trying to take credit for it", Obama said.
Republicans are also seeking to use the former president's visit as a reminder of Cordray's tenure at the consumer watchdog agency that became mired in controversy past year when his retirement sparked a legal battle over who would replace him.