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.
Isn't this getting a bit old and ridiculous? I wish these phony GOP idiots would just go back to clinging to their guns and religion and leave the rest of us alone with their blah, blah, babble. Really. It is becoming rather stale. Health care reform WILL PASS. Now just pull up your big girl panties and get over it!!!!
Yes, we definitely need a former Lehman Bros. mgr. running our
State. Quinnipiac didn't call me with any poll questions – guess they
missed those of us who need health care. I will support Gov.
Strickland and take my chances with him, rather than a money man.
Man, I hope Strickland beats Kasich. Before I left Ohio, I saw the mess it had become under Taft, and Strickland has done a decent job cleaning up after him. I only hope that Ohioans don't revert to the Republicans who ran a corrupt government the last time around. And Kasich was far from a great representative back in the day.
Do the republicans do anything but "attack?" What accomplishments are they planning on running on in the next election?
What about republican governors? Pawlenty’s leadership has taken the state of Minnesota from having a financial surplus to having a $5 billion dollar deficit.
He attempted to cut social programs serving the poorest citizens-those with mental illness, homeless, the working poor with no insurance but proposed corporate and small business tax cuts even as the state struggles to keep services like, state parks, schools.
But since he's a GOP darling ... facts, figures & leadership don't matter!
The GOP is certainly an egotistical bunch aren't they? Now they are telling Democrats who they can be seen with? What gives them the right to be so hoilier-than-thou? They really need to mind their own business and get their own lives in order!
Why do these Republicans continue to LIE? The CBO clearly reported the health-care bill would NOT takeover the system. The media should start holding these politicians accountable to their lies, not enable it.
I'm a conservative who lives in Ohio. I voted for Strickland. Why? Because the Republican Gov. before him (Taft) was a moron of galactic-class proportions. If Ted wants to go stand with Barry – no problem – they are both Democrats. Gov. Strickland has worked hard for my state. He will get my vote again.
No "party" owns my vote.
I don't see how the Republicans can honestly refer to this bill as a government takeover of health care unless a public option is included which doesn't appear to be the case. It's very unfortunate that the media has allowed them to do so much misleading of the public and has done very little to challenge these kinds of statements. The racism behind much of this astounds me!
Anyone remember the primary function of ACORN , wasn't their inital philosophy a concept to overwhelm the welfare entitlement system so as to crash the economy. I believe they are doing it and their lawyer is leading the charge! Any American that can't see what this President is doing is blind and any Democrat that has any shred of what the Party was originally founded on had better wake up, the Democratic Party has turned into nothing more than a bunch of Pinkos with their hands out and their pockets full!
The Republicans forget to mention the Health care Insurance premiums in Ohio have been raised 38% in the last year!!! The economy is a direct result of the failed policies of the Bush Administration, so this Republican hack has NO ARGUMENT here. The GOP is nothing but Corporate shills waiting for their under the table million dollar envelopes. Elect Democrats to see work being done for the Average American or the middle class is dead!!!
Electing John Kasich would be an enormous mistake for the great people of Ohio. The man is a weasel.
Typical. The republicon is a Wall Street criminal, the Democrat is struggling to make life better and upporting our nation. So naturally the conservatives villify the Democrat because? Why exactly? Because he would appear with the president of the United States? Like that is somehow a negative? It isn't like he is hanging out with bush or cheney. Just the man whose policies and massive intelligence has stopped the worst disaster we have faced in 6 decades and caused by - people like the republicon candidate in this race. A real easy decision in Ohio. And while they are at it, they could throw boner out of office in Novmeber too and save us his overgrown Oompa Loompa nonsense.
It's all about politics with Republicans, isn't it? They just don't seem to give a rat's @$$ about the country or future generations. It's strictly about power and corporate control. Any Republican who dares to care is rapidly and harshly punished.
So many Ohioans have lost their jobs and healthcare that I can't imagine they would support the same old tire politics of destruction and greed.
I live in Ohio. There is no mystery that this mid-term election cycle will see some republican gains throughout the nation. Strickland will win re-election, since he is a good man and has wide support – regardless of the 'perceived' strengths of the conserative republicans that dominate the rural districts of my state.
Chapter 87 of "How To Eat Your Own" by the GOP.
Not just the party of No but also the party of....
ABSOLUTELY NO TOLERANCE FOR NOT LOCK-STEPPING.
So much for their big tent claims.
All the GOP have lost their minds. A typical right wing rambling that contains poor arguments.
The people of Ohio, one of the poorest, economically challenged, and unhappiest states in the union will probably elect another republican, of which none of these elected republicans have done anything to help improve the lives of those who vote for them. So very sad.
Gear up to vote those who support these bad bills out. Next one up is the putrid immigration bill.
Ohio's economy is practically in ruins and the democrat wants to put a massive tax on the State in order to create a federal agency and run up the deficit while doing nothing to improve health care.
I see Ohio turning red in the next election. Thanks Oblama.
Ohio won't forget it was Bush and the Republicans that put them in the soup lines; stole their jobs and their pensions. As a native Buckeye, when Bush put them Ohioians in the soup lines I cried because I know how hard working these people are. Don't let the Republicans keep making those lines longer, please don't.
Mr. Strickland, please do what is right for Americans. Do not follow the party of no. Imagine American has just voted in a new president for the USA, and all the party of no can do is to remain in permanent campaign mode. Is this what the taxpayers of this country paying them to do? Talk about waste of taxpayers money to these wretches.
Republicans ran the state of Ohio into the ground and now it is the democrats fault he hasn't fixed their mess yet.
Typical republican BS.
Just like on the national level.
Pkm tell yot what give california strickland and ohio can have arnold s what is the gop afraid of
I actually believe firmly that the Dems lost Ohio, is gone, boom!
Of course is too early that anything can happen in the coming months but as of now and of the projected future, Ohio is in GOP's hands. That's what I think.
The GOP has no room to talk about mishandling Ohio. They have so mismanaged the state while in office that they have not been able to win a major election in Ohio for the past 8 years!