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.
Democrats need to stand up to the GOP's bully tactics.
And really, folks, how could you ever vote for a Republican? We had 8 years of their tried-and-failed economic, military and foreign policies and look what we got? Global financial meltdown, high unemployment, two unfunded wars, health care in crisis, etc., etc., etc.
The Republicans have no new ideas; and all they talk about now is how they're going to cut spending to reign in the deficit (which they created by their tried-and-failed policies). They'll want to do this by giving the wealthy more tax cuts and by cutting social services, including unemployment benefits.
This will result in even more Americans losing their homes and living in poverty. But the Republicans and the wealthy won't care, because they will have theirs.
Plus, it's easier to govern a populace that is hungry, out of work, feeling hopeless and being driven by fear, hatred and division.
Don't you get it, folks? The Republicans are determined to make our country fail.
Only a fool would ever vote Republican!
Why are you screaming for this bill? Have you read it? Do you know the cost? Do you know what the implications will be on taxes, care, and Medicare? No. This is because we have not seen "THE BILL". Nancy says they have to "pass it" to see what is in it. This is absurd. Wake up Morons!
I would hope that the people of Ohio would have common sense and vote for ANY candidate that have the qualifications and ideas rather than who they may be taking a picture with.
If we are basing someone's ability to lead by who they are taking pictures with then I might be in trouble. Time to go and destroy the evidence.
Crappin' Republicans sure don't want to even try to deal with health care reform.
Always blaming, always criticizing, always whining, never doing ANYTHING to help solve problems.
This is not the Republican party my parents embraced. I figured the Republicans out when JFK ran for office and I have never looked back.