President Barack Obama reaches out to shake hands after speaking at a campaign event at Capital University, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Updated: Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012, 3:22 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012, 2:54 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Thousands of people in central Ohio have turned out to see President Barack Obama discuss college education at a private four-year university.
Authorities estimate that about 3,300 people watched Obama speak Tuesday at Capital University in Columbus. He is scheduled to campaign later at a community college in Reno, Nev.
Obama's speech included criticism of Republican Mitt Romney for his comment that the best option for students trying to find an affordable education is to "shop around."
Some attendees identified themselves as students and expressed support for Obama's position on higher education, though they also talked about their concerns on how to pay for school. One Romney supporter said he wanted Obama to talk about job creation and how it connects to recent college grads struggling to find work.