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Ohio governor boosts Romney by laying off divisive ideas

By John Seewer and Julie Carr Smyth

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:46 a.m. HST, Nov 05, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio » Gov. John Kasich is doing what he can to help Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney win the battleground state — and that sometimes includes holding his tongue.

The normally vocal Kasich has seen an uptick in his approval ratings since summer. The rise has coincided with his relative silence on divisive policy changes he's advancing, including a tax increase on big oil drillers, further privatization of state functions and possible spending cuts to balance Ohio's next two-year operating budget.

The Republican governor is focusing instead on email blasts to supporters, pro-Romney op-eds, upbeat rally speeches and national TV interviews touting GOP economic policies.

In a weekend op-ed in the Plain Dealer, Kasich said casting a vote for Romney would mean spreading business-friendly policies like Ohio's across the nation and would heal the economy.

"The solution is simple. Do what we're doing here in Ohio at a national level: Cut taxes, rein in spending, pursue common-sense regulations, make government work better and get it out of the way so job creators can do what they do best — innovate, grow and create jobs," he wrote. "Mitt Romney understands this and will do it as president."

The jobs focus has side-stepped other areas of the policy agenda Kasich and fellow Republicans have in mind for the state after the election, including brewing plans to revisit an unpopular law limiting public-employee collective bargaining that Ohio voters turned back last year.

"That's Incumbency 101. You don't want to come out with anything new or startling," said Republican consultant Terry Casey. "You want to have everything buttoned down — and that includes a governor or a president. Obama's doing the same thing."

Meanwhile, the man Kasich beat two years ago — former Gov. Ted Strickland — has been a vocal and visible surrogate for Obama.

Strickland has been all over the national cable news shows talking up the president, toured southeast Ohio with Vice President Joe Biden and lost his voice after speaking at a string of rallies in the final days of the campaign.

A scratchy-throated Strickland warmed up the crowd at an Obama rally last Friday, saying that the former Massachusetts governor wasn't being truthful when he said he backed the auto industry.

"I've got a message for Governor Romney: Buckeyes aren't dumb," Strickland said in Lima. "We have figured this guy out."

Strickland has been the Obama campaign's attack dog at the president's rallies around Ohio. He has blasted Romney over his off-shore accounts and his earlier refusal to release all his tax returns, accusing the Republican of being secretive.

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serious wrote:
Makes sense on the economic issues. I would hate to have four more years of CHANGE!!!!!!
on November 5,2012 | 09:48AM
false wrote:
And boy will you pay the price with Romney's change. Just look at the plans his son is making. The worst is yet to come.
on November 5,2012 | 10:54AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Can't get any worse than it already is, unless we re elect the talker.
on November 5,2012 | 01:31PM
hapaguy wrote:
What a ridiculous statement. Of course it could have gotten worse. Regarding the economy, we were heading toward another Great Depression. We could have continued to lose about a 700,000 jobs per month which is what we were losing at the end of Bush's presidency. It took Obama 14 months to reverse Bush's job loss trend and since March of 2010 we have had month after month of private sector job creation. The stock market could have kept on falling: the Dow was over 14,000 when Bush entered office and fell to below 6500 when Bush left office. The Dow rose almost 100% under Obama is now at around 13,000. Corporate profits are up over 79% since Obama took office. Etc...etc...etc...
on November 5,2012 | 02:18PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Hapaguy, you need to check your facts before posting comments.
on November 5,2012 | 03:01PM
hapaguy wrote:
I did and I do. Prove me wrong.....
on November 5,2012 | 03:12PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Please don't hold your breath waiting.
on November 5,2012 | 03:24PM
64hoo wrote:
simple hapguy its been in the news for months when obama took over we were 4 trillion in the hole obama added 6 trillion more in the hole and his first 2 years in officehe had a democrat control of the house and senate. and you say he created jobs why is the unemployment more high than bush had and 27 million more people on food stamps yea he created a bad economy higher deficit, higher unemployment and thats been in all the news channels so your statement is false. so your looking at the wrong facts
on November 5,2012 | 03:58PM
hapaguy wrote:
64hoo let me see if I can explain this to you in a way you can understand. Every economist worth his salt agrees that Obama inherited a mess from George W Bush. They also agree that Bush's 2 unfunded wars, an unfunded Medicare Part B Rx Drug plan, and Bush's 2 tax cuts (2001 & 2003) added to the deificit. If you recall Bush inherited a surplus from Clinton. Also, every economist agrees that in a time of recession when the private sector in contracting, federal stimulus (spending) is required to keep the economy going and to prevent a total economic collapse. Obama did not inherit a booming economy like Bush did when he took office. But I challange you to refute any of my original commenst: Bush was losing jobs at over 700,000/month. Obama turned that around in March 2010 and we've had private sector job growth every month since. Bush inheritied a stock market from Clinton that was booming at over 14,000 (Dow) and when Bush left office it was at 6500. Obama got the stock market back over 13,000. Corporate profits are up over 79% since Obama took office. REFUTE IT IF YOU CAN!
on November 5,2012 | 04:26PM
tiki886 wrote:
Strickland ignores the fact that Romney's father, George ran America Motors in Detroit, MI. Duh!
on November 5,2012 | 02:21PM
hapaguy wrote:
Mitt's father ran AMC. So what! Can you explain why that is relevant in any way?
on November 5,2012 | 02:44PM
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