What They’re Saying: Strickland Rallies Democrats Across Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH -- Over the weekend, Ted Strickland continued his “Ohio is Not for Sale” tour with stops across Ohio. At each event, Strickland laid out the stakes in this election and highlighted how he’ll fight for working people in the Senate -- in contrast to Senator Portman who has been propped up by millions of dollars in campaign spending from his rich and powerful friends in exchange for pushing their agenda at the expense of Ohioans who actually work for a living.

Here’s what they’re saying: 

Findlay Publishing: Ted Strickland stops in Findlay 

  • “We’re a state that no candidate can ever take for granted. You’ve got to fight for every vote you get out of Ohio when you’re running statewide. So that means you can’t ignore Republican areas just because most of the people there are Republican. You’ve got to go to every voter and get every voter you can get –– and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

  • “Come November 8, I’m going to do what I always do on Election Day: I’m going to celebrate the fact that I live in a country where every citizen has a vote that counts equally to every other citizen. Most people on God’s earth don’t have that privilege, and we ought to prize that privilege and use it. That’s why I encourage everybody to fulfill their civic responsibility and get out and cast their vote.” 

Findlay Courier: Strickland to Dems: ‘Get out the vote’

  • “Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland acknowledged that he was passing through a primarily Republican county on Saturday, but he encouraged voters to go to the polls, saying every vote counts. Strickland spoke to around 30 people during a meet-and-greet session at the United Steelworkers hall in Findlay. Strickland, a former Ohio governor, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in the Nov. 8 general election.”

  • “‘I know it’s not always easy to be a Democrat in this county, right? But let me tell you, every vote counts equally in Ohio,’ Strickland said. ‘A vote from this county is as important as a vote from Cuyahoga County or anywhere else.’” 

  • “‘We need to make sure people can remain middle class, and people who are not middle class can become middle class if they work hard,’ Strickland said. ‘A lot of people are starting to question if our system is fair and whether or not it treats everyone with the same kind of access it does the rich and powerful.’”

  • “‘The Koch brothers and their affiliates have reportedly spent millions for mostly negative television ads against Strickland. In essence, ‘they’re trying to buy this Senate seat for Rob Portman,’ Strickland said. ‘They’re not doing that because they like to spend money. They’re doing it because they know … that Rob Portman will do whatever they ask of him,’ Strickland said. ‘They know that I’ve got enough commitment to working people that I’ll fight for working people, and I’m proud of that.’” 

Marion Star: Strickland rallies with local Dems

  • “‘I love this time of year. We are a few days from saving this country from the likes of Donald Trump,’ the former Ohio governor said during a campaign stop Saturday in Marion. That opening line from his speech at the Marion County Democratic Club drew applause from the crowd of about 50 that gathered at the party headquarters.”

  • “Strickland told Marion County Democrats that Portman ‘represents everything that I think is wrong with politics today’ and accused him of being ‘a guy who works for the rich and the well connected and the Wall Streeters.’”

  • “‘We just need to keep taking advantage of the ground game we have,’ Meade, 19, said. ‘The Republicans' ground game seems to be almost non-existent. They’re not working very well with the campaign or the party itself. I think if we keep working on that, along with our down ticket advantage with Hillary, I think we've got a really good shot at it.’”


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