September 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
4 years ago

COLUMBUS, OHIO: Strickland not running from Obama

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Count Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland among the Democrats who have decided to play the hand he has been dealt – meaning not running from the party label and the White House economic record and message.

In an interview Tuesday night, the embattled incumbent said there are hundreds of auto workers in his state whose jobs would "not exist today had it not been for the administration."

"You know, I'm not going to be overly critical because I think what he has done has been of help to us," Strickland said on the eve of President Obama's latest visit to the state.

Ohio has a double-digit unemployment rate, and Strickland trails Republican John Kasich heading into the final eight weeks. "I think people in Ohio and in America are upset with all of us," Strickland said of the tough climate for incumbents and particularly Democrats. "There are no easy answers."


Filed under: 2010 • President Obama • Ted Strickland • Trail Running
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Snow

    Unions will also say thank you to the moron obama when he bails out the unions pension funds at the cost of billions of dollars to the American taxpayer.

    September 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Michael from Ventura

    Americans stood by as the former Administration systematicaly ruined our economy- took us into two wars, and disregarded basic fundamental rights guarateed in our Constitution. They NOW are blaming all our woes on the Democratic Party? Get a grip America!

    September 8, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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