What They’re Saying: Strickland & Dems Barnstorm Ohio, Enquirer Debunks Recession Attack

COLUMBUS, OH –– Three new stories out this week highlight the central contrast in Ohio’s Senate race: Ted Strickland is fighting for working people because that’s who he cares about, while Senator Portman is using false attacks to distract from his own record of pushing the agenda of his rich and powerful friends.

Cleveland.com spent the day on the trail with Ted, describing him as an “enthusiastic campaigner” and highlighting his focus on bringing economic fairness for the middle class; The Cincinnati Enquirer debunked Senator Portman’s false attacks on Ted’s record as governor during a national recession; and the Massillon Independent wrote about how Democrats across the state are a shining a spotlight on Ted’s record of bringing jobs to Ohio.

Here’s what they’re saying: 

From Cleveland.com:

  • “He's an enthusiastic campaigner, invigorated by the belief that most Ohioans side with him on the issues that count but have been led astray by a barrage of TV ads paid for by conservative billionaires.” 

  • “‘You know where I came from, right? Dad was a steelworker. [I was] one of nine kids, the first to go to college, grew up on a dirt road called Duck Run,’ Strickland called out to the state Democratic convention. ‘And the Koch brothers and their kind have got to spend $50 million on this? Wow -- makes me feel really important. No, it makes me feel really determined.’”

  • On Saturday, he sprinted down to the stage to speak at the Ohio Democratic Party's state convention at the King Arts Complex in Columbus. He joined a group of Oktoberfest revelers in singing the not-so-Teutonic song "Sweet Caroline." He visited volunteers at a Ohio Together campaign office in northeast Columbus. He's logged 61,000 miles campaigning around Ohio in a 2008 Ford Escape. When he gets in his element, Strickland, a former Methodist minister, can rouse a crowd.”

  • “Strickland held a chart showing the growing income disparity between the rich and poor in America. He touted his proposed middle-class tax cut. He agreed that college students have too much college loan debt. When he spoke, heads nodded; when someone else weighed in, he listened patiently. Strickland has held these sessions for months, giving his talking points to small groups, then listening to them pontificate on issues they care about […]Asked why he holds these small group sessions so often, Strickland said it's partly that he wants them to influence their friends and family to vote for him. But mostly, he said, it's because he doesn't want to be like other politicians – D.C. politicians – who live in a bubble, secluded from the wants and needs of their constituents.”

  • “He said Portman has been an absolute hypocrite’ on anti-heroin funding by voting against the $1.1 trillion ‘omnibus’ spending bill that included money for state and local treatment centers and better access to anti-overdose medicine. ‘My god, when he goes to these communities and, you know, hugs people who suffer from this kind of addiction and all that kind of stuff, he's not telling them – he's saying I'm concerned about it. He's not saying, 'But I voted against the resources that are needed,’’ Strickland said.”

  • “Strickland also feels that Portman's endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shows that he puts political ambition ahead of his personal beliefs.”

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

  • “Strickland did not cause a national recession. No governor has that power. And he did work with Fisher and local leaders to keep jobs in the state.”

  • Blaming Strickland for a worldwide economic crisis is simply not fair, economists told The Enquirer. Strickland did not burst the housing bubble, encourage risky investments on Wall Street or hike fuel costs to cripple the automotive industry.”

  • “Kasich used that 89-cents figure repeatedly as a talking point during his failed GOP presidential bid. But Cleveland economist George Zeller said the point of having savings is to use them during a financial crisis. ‘It was not just raining. It was a hurricane, a major storm, a catastrophe,’ Zeller said.”

  • “Goodyear, which was founded in Akron in 1898, was being courted by southern states hoping to move the company's headquarters elsewhere. Akron, known as the ‘Rubber City," was in danger of losing two major tire manufacturers [...] Through a series of appeals, tax breaks and loans, both companies decided to stay in Akron […] ’There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t discuss economic development with him,’ said Fisher, who ran unsuccessfully against Portman for the U.S. Senate in 2010. ‘If I asked him to intervene, he would put down anything to make the phone call or make the visit.’” 

From the Massillon Independent:

  • “Party Chairman David Pepper was joined by Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry Tuesday in front of Shearer's using the business as an example of one of Democratic candidate Ted Strickland's local investments when he was governor.

  • ‘This is an example where Ted Strickland picked up the pieces in the recession,’ Pepper said. ‘There's a story like this in every city.’”

  • “Shearer's built a new production plant in Massillon after the Strickland administration awarded a $612,000 state tax credit. By 2014, Shearer’s Snacks employed nearly 1,100 full-time workers in the region, between its locations in Massillon, Brewster and Navarre.”

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