June 26th, 2009
10:29 AM ET
5 years ago

King: Ohio the proving ground for GOP's back-to-future bid

CNN's John King speaks to former Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
CNN's John King speaks to former Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

Editor's note: On CNN's "State of the Union," host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) – In bellwether Ohio, hopes for a new Republican beginning rest largely on two familiar faces from the GOP past.

The governor's race in this state could potentially be the most important race in the country," says the man who hopes to be the Republican candidate, former U.S. Rep. John Kasich.

The GOP's candidate for an open Senate seat, former congressman and Bush Cabinet appointee Rob Portman, has been on the ballot in midterm elections before and frames the 2010 stakes this way:

"The 2010 election is going to be about the Obama agenda and the Democratic Congress agenda and whether they are doing the right thing and people will have to judge."

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  1. Renee from Seattle, WA

    give it up. It will be at least 16yrs before we will even think about giving you Rethugs the WH back.

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Hillary/? 2020

    June 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Shawn - GA

    You do not have the right to say hate filled things about other people. I wonder if you are like this all the time in your life or only when behind a keyboard. I hope it is the latter. I am praying so much that the hate will stop, we as people have the ability for so much love and kindness. However for some reason too many people choose hatred.

    It is easier to choose hate and anger, it is harder to be the better person and rise above. I beg you, aim to be kinder and more supportive not destructive.

    Please note this is not a Red or Blue thing so do not make it out to be, I am speaking to all people who choose hate.

    June 26, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Post always rejected by CNN

    Any normal non idiotic person in this country who votes for a republican proves that this country is in dire straits. any normal non idiotic person who can look at the eight years of a republican REIGN and not see what was done to this country, lost jobs, high energy prices because of cheney and his co-horts, starting a non-ending war by invading an innocent country has to be nuts nuts nuts to even think of putting a republican back in charge of anything.

    June 26, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. KJL

    Any "new Republican beginning" will have to be without the sactimonious weenies that have become the party spokesmen. I ran from them, and I was only one person in a huge, fleeing crowd.

    June 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. sabestu

    Regarding your reporting..."CNN's John King" is one good reason why CNN's ratings are falling...for the likes of the King of CNN.

    June 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Billy

    I can't watch King anymore. I understand that newscasters will have political preferences but King is just so obviously a republican that he's lost any neutral credibility that he once had with me.

    June 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Larry

    I'm from Ohio.

    2010 will be about this state having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. The Republican party used to have this state. But since 2006 it's been all Democrat.

    The Republicans can save their campaign money in this state. We wanted change and we got it. We see Obama as a president who is fighting for jobs in our state, and he's helping get our state back on its feet.

    President Obama has done more for the people of this country in six months than any other president has done in two terms.

    This state is going to be Democratic for a long while, just like the country.

    June 26, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Joe Cotton

    As the most beloved Rev. Wright has forwarned all of you Obama haters...THE AMERICA'S CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST! Our president of these United States loves his wife...you repugs should take note...HA HA

    June 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    These two Republican candidates would seem to be carrying some PRETTY heavy baggage to overcome.

    June 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. noway

    We had been judging for 8 long years thats why Obama is is the oval office and will stay there in 2012 .You betcha

    June 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |