Intrepid Political Junkies Become Ohio Tourists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some people climb Mount Everest or raft the Colorado River. Dorothy Button is visiting Ohio.

The 70-year-old former wife of a late Australian senator is among a small band of international travelers crisscrossing the presidential battleground state to learn what makes Ohio voters tick.

Over eight days they are visiting party bosses, union workers, tea party activists, black ministers, farmers, teachers and political pollsters.

The company of former New York Times foreign correspondent Nicholas Wood gives avid current affairs followers a front row seat to locations around the world.

His other tours include Greece after the financial crash, the United Kingdom after the banking crisis, and North Korea after the death of Kim Jung Il.

Ohio stops also include a college campus and big-city newsroom.

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