Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eyes On Ohio

>>> Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat running for re-election, met with steelworkers.


Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown rallied with southwest Ohio steelworkers Wednesday to highlight President Barack Obama's help for the U.S. auto industry, saying plants and jobs have been saved across the state.

"That's the story of the auto rescue -- putting people back to work," Brown said, speaking to nearly 200 people who crowded under a picnic shelter at the Machinists' union local just outside the AK Steel plant.

Brown supported the auto bailout and pointed to General Motors' recent decision to invest in northeast Ohio plants to build the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze. The AK Steel plant in southwest Ohio produces some of the steel for the car....

President Obama's auto plan to rescue the American auto industry was supported by Sen. Sherrod Brown. Because of Sen. Sherrod Brown's work to save the auto industry, Ohio jobs are back for car manufacturing, steelworkers, and auto part makers.  While Sen. Sherrod Brown pushed for the auto plan, Mitt "let Detroit go bankrupt" Romney, John Kasich, and Josh "the absent treasurer" Mandel, were against it. Even though John Kasich was against the auto bailout, he continues to show up for photographs at every big auto factory event (see ThinkProgress for details on Romney and Kasich's opposition).

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* All eyes seem to be on Ohio's voters and the few people that are still undecided. In the NY Times, Gail Collins wrote about how Ohio is dealing with the onslaught of candidates, advertising, and big money PACs.

NY Times:

....No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. Asked if Romney could manage it, political director Rich Beeson retorted: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.” 

...In Ohio, when you aren’t seeing Romney-Obama ads, you are seeing ads for the U.S. Senate, mainly for the Republican nominee, State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Ohio is the new Rich Right’s big Senate power play. Outside groups have poured a whopping $18 million into attempting to bury the incumbent, Senator Sherrod Brown. 

It seems to have had no effect whatsoever: that Times poll has Brown 10 points ahead. Perhaps that’s because Mandel is stiff, policy-deprived and appears to be about 12 years old. “I thought Brown was vulnerable,” said Paul Beck, a political science professor at Ohio State University. “But Josh is — I don’t think he’s proven to be a very good candidate.” 

 We all agree.