Washington (CNN) – National Republicans are attacking Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland for planning to appear with President Obama at a rally for health care reform in Ohio next Monday.
Strickland, a Democrat, is seeking a second term but faces a challenge from Republican John Kasich.
"Ted Strickland has mishandled the Ohio economy and budget and now he has cast his lot with the misguided and unpopular government takeover of health care," Republican Governors Association spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement Friday. "If he thinks this is good for Ohio – or good politics – then it's a good thing he'll be retiring soon."
The RGA also circulated a February poll from Quinnipiac that suggested a majority of Ohio voters "mostly disapprove" of health care reform plans currently in Congress. That same poll showed Strickland leading Kasich by five points.
Strickland's campaign shot back that Republicans are trying to change the subject on the same day the New York Times published a story outlining how Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers used misleading accounting gimmicks before the bank collapsed in 2008. Kasich is a former managing director of Lehman's investment banking division in Columbus.
A spokeswoman for Strickland's campaign defended the governor's decision to stand with the president, saying Strickland "has been outspoken about the need for comprehensive healthcare throughout his public service career and has refused to accept taxpayer funded healthcare as either Congressman or Governor until all of his constituents have access to quality healthcare."
"In contrast, Congressman John Kasich- from his 18 year career in Congress through his seven years at Lehman Brothers- has put Ohioans on the backburner and instead focused on enriching Wall Street and the big corporations," said the spokeswoman, Lis Smith.
UPDATE: Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols responded to the Lehman Brothers report and the Strickland campaign's efforts to highlight it.
"It's the same report that can be written about the state of Ohio, but the big difference is that in the state's case, Ted Strickland has been the executive who’s accountable for it all," Nichols told CNN.
Stupid idea that only appears to the lunatic GOP base that hates Obama regardless. Obama has twice the popularity of Congress so be careful.
There is no government takeover of healthcare. When your position is a lie, your argument is worthless, and your character is weak.
BUT, if you REALLY oppose government run healthcare, move to abolish medicare.
The GOP sure does come off as a group of white racist. They need to clean up their act and consider the needs of the country above their own political ambitions. Enough with the fear and hate mongering! Get over yourselves already.
I don't understand how anyone could support the GOP with antics like this. The governor is doing what he thinks is best for his state and he gets character assassination from his own party because he isn't following lockstep with the party line of hating Obama. This proves that the Republican Party isn't interested in governing. They are only interested in getting back in power.
I applaud Governor Strickland for putting his partisanship aside to appear with the President. Even if they don't see eye to eye on things, that is what politics should be about. Not the take it or leave politics of the Right Wing GOP.
Yea, go ahead OBUMBLES and give another the kiss of death. This guy is almost as bad as you the way he's mishandled OHIO. Your complete show of incompetance at running the Federal govenment is shining brightly. We want JOBS not a GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER of our healthcare system.
When the hell are you going to stop lying to the people about how much this will cost and tell them how you are really going to pay for your bill by taxing the people who are already taxed to death. The very people you said you would not tax. Another thing, stop taxing the wealthy. They are the ones who provide the money for jobs BOZO!
Oh for the love of God, the GOP will target all Democrats. That's what they do. So, does it matter if someone appears with the President or not?!?!
This proves the GOP is out of touch. a Democrat appearing with a Democrat that's shocking. I hope they have an idea in their attack ads. The GOP all fear, no ideas.
The Republicans will not allow ANY of their own to EVER Think For Themselves. Mr. Strickland should known this.
I guess Strickland has been living in a cave for the last 6 months! I guess he wasn't watching Obama in Virginia, NJ and Massachusetts! ZERO FOR THREE is the Great Obumma!
I hope Strickland knows that when he loses Obama and the other Democrats are going to paint him as an incompetent campaigner and a bad candidate.
These clueless Democrats simply refuse to see the writing on the wall. They are a danger to this country.
It's interesting how much the Republicans are convinced that Obama is such a death knell for any Democrats. They certainly are doing a great job at whipping the lapdog media up into a frenzy of Obama-hatred. Even MSNBC has Mika & Joe who constantly try to bait people on their show into slamming the President constantly. Where the hell was this kind of angry confrontational media during Bush's 8 years of hell? Kissing up to the Rethuglicans, of course. What else does the media do? And CNN, you've gotten to be almost as bad as Fox. I don't ever switch to CNN on TV anymore at all. The only cable channel I can even tolerate for a few moments is MSNBC and then only for Rachel Maddow - the only sane non-narcissistic voice on TV.
POLLS, POLLS, POLLS. Gee, I can do a poll for Republicans that will always favor them and I can do an identical poll for Democrats that will favor them. Why would I do that? Profits. I want the business and I don't care if it comes from Democrats or Republicans. The reason a company is in business is to make money and profits and nothing else matters. If you don't believe me ask the health care companies or the big oil companies or wall street or the drug companies. They will all lie to you to keep you happy while at the same time they are stealing you blind. If you don't believe that then MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL because the Insurance company is going to cover saving your soul.
Why is this news????????????
Why do so many Republicans hate America? And why do so many middle-income Americans continue to support the Republican party which has done so much to destroy middle-income Americans? It just boggles the mind.
Too bad these two major parties have made the laws that allow them a monopoly that restricts all others from becoming candidates for the people's representation.
The problem with our Government is the Democrats and the Republicans only wish to represent the party before representing the people.
The American voters demand more choices in who we can vote for than the corruption that plagues our Government today.
Appearing with Obama has been the 'kiss of death" to many politicians running for office in the last year or so, so count another one in!
If the Republicans think what a Democrat does is going to hurt them, think the opposite – it is going to help them. The Republicans said that passing the Health Care Bill is going to hurt Democrats, well I urge Democrats to go for it because since the Repubs are so concerned – IT WILL HELP THE DEMOCRATS, period – point – blank. You have to think just the opposite with those dummy Republicans.
The Republicans are so skilled at twisting the facts and making up their own truths, that I fear many people are falling into their trap. People need to remember who it was that got us to this point. The Republicans have no real plan to help the American people. I don't understand how they keep pushing no new taxes or tax breaks, when the states and our entire country is in dire need of revenues, how do they propose that tax cuts/breaks will fix anything. More tax breaks and cuts will only lead to more cutbacks in the states.
It is very sad when a Governor can not appear with the President of the United States without being ridiculed.
Republicans – you should be ashamed and embarrased for acting so bitter and unreasonable.
More shame on the National Rep.(Party of No") for allowing members to think for themselves.
All Boehner and McConnell want are their zombies out there doing as they are told even if it will help the American public.
repugnants|CONServatives..........the scum of this nation
I wish all Republicans would just SHUT UP with their constant lies. Why shouldn't Strickland appear with Obama? Why do Repubicans keep saying Americans son't want health insurance? WE DO!
Shut up unless you have something constructive to say.
LOL? targeting a Democratic Gov. who will be appearing with the Democratic President?!
No kidding they would appear together ... what's news about this ? !
That's the Republican Party for you ...... instead of philanthropy and good will, their method is "anyone who does not agree with us is subject to plunder and burning".
The Mexican stand off between the two political parties makes me think, "get rid of members of both parties" and start with a new congress.
The republicans are lower themselves more each passing day. Before long they will be as low as the scum that forms on bottom of the pan when it is not washed.
Yes, let's pile on a governor for appearing with the President, who crushed his opponent in a dominating electoral victory. What kind of reasoning is that? If he didn't appear with Obama, they'd say "see this proves Obama's agenda is toxic and everyone hates him!!!" What a backwards bunch of losers.