April 2nd, 2010
08:06 PM ET
8 years ago

Strickland: 'I feel very secure here in Ohio'

Washington (CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said Friday that his security has been "beefed up" in recent days after a domestic extremist group sent letters to more than 30 governors demanding that they resign.

Nevertheless, in an interview on CNN's "John King USA," Strickland said he does not feel "personally threatened."

Federal intelligence officials said there do not appear to be credible or immediate threats of violence attached to the letters.

"But I do think it's sad that in our nation today we would have these kinds of threats," Strickland said.

"You never know when some wrong-thinking person or some hate-filled group will carry out actions that could be harmful to individuals. I hope it doesn't happen anywhere across our nation, but I can tell you that I feel very secure here in Ohio."

Strickland is seeking a second term this November, but as a Democrat in a swing state struggling under the weight of a tough economy, his re-election is hardly assured. His Republican opponent is former Rep. John Kasich.

Strickland was optimistic about the economy, though, telling King it has "bottomed out."

"I believe we are on the way to recovery," he said. "I also believe this is going to take us some time. I don't think the recovery will be a rapid recovery. But I hope it's steady and consistent going forward."

Strickland said he is "very confident" he will be re-elected. Though many Republicans are comparing this midterm election to the 1994 GOP landslide, the governor said he sees a distinction. In 1994, he argued, contentious measures like President Clinton's crime bill were enacted too close to election day for voters to understand their impact.

"I think what's happened this election cycle has happened early enough, and I am talking specifically about the passage of the health care bill, that there is sufficient time for the electorate to come to understand that that was a good vote on the part of the Democrats and that the health bill will be beneficial to them."

Strickland invited Kasich to appear on the show with him next time, saying it would be "a joy."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. CEE

    When Republicans lose they turn into Domestic terrorists, no threats are harmless, because some nut will try to follow through with it.

    April 2, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We have the best intelligency agencies in the world and if you don't believe it, stay tunned. I personally would not want my family, myself, friends and neighbors under investigation of the CIA, FBI or any other intelligency agency of the U.S. Government unless I had a plan and money to leave this country forever. Having served in law enfocement I know the extent of background investigations and it ain't fun.

    April 2, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Popcicle

    I was taught that the wonder of this great country was the healthy exchange of and vigorous debate of opposing views. What we have devolved to is threats by those who do not get their way. Organize, vote against those who do not represent your views. But once you threaten your adversary's life or safety, you have become un-American. You are unworthy of the blessings of this land. You do not deserve to call yourself an American. Sniper's cross-hairs, powder in the mail, and calls to "reload" are the threats of thugs. Thomas Jefferson said the first act of a scoundrel is to wrap himself in the flag.

    If you disagree with the current policies of this administration, you have that right. You should protest, organize and try to defeat what you disagree with. But please...have a civil discourse. If you are not capable, then let others who are, speak on your behalf.

    By the way, if you are successful........the same rules apply to your opponents.

    April 2, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Robrob

    "But I do think it's sad that in our nation today we would have these kinds of threats"

    Yes, it is. I wonder where all these wingnuts were between 2000 and 2008?

    April 2, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Terry From West Texas

    I firmly believe that Republican operatives have been stirring up the hayseeds since Obama's election. I refer to racists who don't want a Black President, conspiracy theorists who are eager to believe that "the government" is taking away their unspecified freedoms, and the naive and gullible who believe in "death panels" and the socialist indoctrination of America's school kids by their President.

    Their goal in feeding these people alarming lies was merely to harden opposition to Obama, to rouse up some street theater with the tea baggers, and to bring the yokels out to vote. Republicans have played the tea party movement like a harmonica.

    It appears to me now that they have stirred up some folks that they cannot control. It doesn't take too many people with rifles and bombs made out of toilet paper tubes to do a lot of damage.

    What proof do I have that there actually are Conservative paid operatives out in the boondocks rousing up the natives? None. I have only the old proverb: "Where corruption is possible, there corruption will be found."

    April 2, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Perusing-through


    It should not matter which side of the political spectrum you fall, the bottom line is that civility, mutual respect and decorum should be the foundation of policy and political differences.

    If the people of a state vote to elect a governor who happens to be Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Male, Female, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Muslim, Christian, or Jewish; then the people of that state should have their choice serve his/her full term until the next election. THIS IS CALLED AMERICAN DEMOCRACY!

    April 2, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Disturbed Minor

    People get so upset about their voices not being heard but they are not willing to listen to the voices of the majority of the country. Any letter demanding any senator or representative to resign is very disrespectful and not mature at all. We should be handling every issue through debate and not violence.

    April 2, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. BeverlyNC

    This sudden burst of hate and threats of violence from Republican far-right groups is disturbing and dangerous. The Republican Party is at the core of this hate movement. They started it the moment President Obama took office.
    They have told lie after lie, spread fear and their propaganda network like FOX daily makes us false stories about how our President and our government are conspiring to take over our lives.
    A year of this nasty rhetoric has now gotten out of control and Republicans can no longer control their lunatic fringe. They are threatening Congress members, Governors, and anyone who disagrees with their ignorant knowledge of the facts.
    No Republican has stood up and denounced these threats of violence because there is NO Republican leadership and no one to speak credibly for this hate mongering Party.
    It's time for the sane, intelligent, respectful, and patriotic Americans to take America back to its core values. We must openly reject the Republican Party, their constant lies, their fear-mongering, their hate speech and their unwaivering support for the armed tea baggers, religious nuts who murder doctors, and government-hating groups who are making serious threats against our government and our leaders.
    Say NO to Republicans. We will not let this style of gutter poltics and hatred of our government go on. We will remove ALL Republicans from office in November. It's time to say NO to the hate, fear, lies, and dishonorable behavior of characterless Republicans.
    Get out and vote NO to all Republicans seeking office in November. Do not donate to them. Do not go to their lie rallies, Speak out against their violent views. Republicans are dangerous to the basic structure of our democracy and we must shut them down by throwing them out of office.
    Are you not sick to death of their lies, fear, and obstructionism to restoring our country? Everything that comes out of their mouths is negative and false. Democrats are offering solutions, passing laws that are improving our economy and creating jobs, helping working families, and making a constructive path to move America forward.
    Stand up for those with solutions, civility, and action – the Democrats.

    April 2, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  9. Dennis in AZ

    Strickland had to move to Ohio to get elected? I wondered where he went. As far as feeling secure in his position? I can only pray Ohio eventually adopts term limits. His family has been in politics for a very long time–it's a power base that shouldn't be allowed. My new voting rule? If I recognize the name from a previous election–I'm not voting for them.

    April 3, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Henry Rutgers

    With 24% of all Republicans (not just the teabaggers) thinking that Obama might be the actual Antichrist of the Book of Revelations and when they are fed constant hate from Glenn Beck, Hannity, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, we have insanity happening on a massive scale.

    With so much kool-aid to drink and willing drinkers, potential home-grown terrorists abound.

    April 3, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    In a headline, the word "Stickland" does not convey much information to most citizens of states other than Ohio, but "Ohio Gov" would.

    April 3, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |