Obama prepares to leave Oklahoma for Ohio

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama is preparing to leave Oklahoma for Ohio after giving an address on his administration's energy policies.

The president spoke Thursday at Cushing and declared support for work on a pipeline that would take oil from Oklahoma storage depots to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. He is to depart Tinker Air Force Base Thursday afternoon.

Obama traveled from Cushing to Tinker aboard a military helicopter.

The president has been highlighting energy this week in Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

His trip comes amid rising gasoline prices, and the president's political advisers say the prices pose a threat to his re-election bid because they could undermine the benefits of a payroll tax cut that was part of his jobs agenda last fall.

Ohio is a political battleground.