September 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
8 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. Jerry Fitzpatrick

    McCain's daughter is actually nuttier then her father, ego gone beserk!

    September 8, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Ben

    My God the man's an even bigger fool than I thought.

    September 8, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Dt

    Amen. I don't get it repubs scream about bailouts and jobs. but the gov't really saved the american auto industry, now whats to get mad about that?

    September 8, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. jim

    Ted Strickland needs to brag more about the sucessful(he!he!)Obama economic program for the country.I'm sure that will get him elected again. What sense does this make?Another dem that has tasted the Obama kool-aid.

    September 8, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Hit the bricks, Strickland. It's been real, but it's not been nice.

    September 8, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    As an American and not an Ohioan, I'm sick and tired of John Boehner.

    September 8, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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,"


    Good for you Gov. Strickland!!!

    Running away from the President when he comes to your state is the single most ridiculous action that Democrats can possibly take. It is as if they were taking out a full-page ad against their Party, and everything that they've tried to accomplish to help the country.

    Stand by all of the work that you've done SINGLE-HANDEDLY Democrats. You don't have to make-up lies to your electorate to compensate for all of the blocking done in Congress. Present a UNITED front to the country. Let them know that someone in Washington was doing the work they were sent there to do, and you stand by those efforts.

    The country needs to see UNITY. Right before this crucial election Democrats,you have the chance to project a POSITIVE UNITED FRONT!!

    There's no SHAME in your game. Remember that.

    September 8, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    He's NOT running from President Obama. I heard him speak last night and he is sincere!!! Democrats in Ohio need to rally behind him just as they did in 2008 for President Obama!!

    It does not make SENSE to JUMP SHIP and only giving the President two years to straighten out a bad economy that grew for eight years – UNATTENDED!!!!

    It's a SHAME how the Democrats don't stick together and BELIEVE in what they accomplished. They run from the FEAR-MONGERERS like chickens and CLUCK their way to the other SIDE – desertion – AWOL – abandonment – pitiful!!!

    Democrats RUNNING – you better stick with the program – VOTERS who feel they should SIT OUT in November, better get their acts together and PREVENT the EXTREMIST from getting elected. If that happens – then we will be up "SHI'S'T's CREEK without a PADDLE!!!

    September 8, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    Count Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland among the Democrats who have decided to play the hand he has been dealt

    And what a LOSING HAND it is! You've all made a bad situation MUCH WORSE with your insane policies. You deserve to lose and lose big.

    September 8, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Andy

    Well, actually there is one easy answer...don't put the party that created the mess back in power.

    September 8, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. matt

    These Democrates do not get it. How much money had to be spent to save those jobs. Do they think we are all stupid? A 5th grader could spend out of control and not create anything the same way. How can you ask for more money we do not have? Oh, I know borrow it from China. They can't stop spending and be reponsible because it would not help to facilitate the collapse of the United States.

    September 8, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's friends are not likely to fare well, in November.

    September 8, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Columbus

    Strickland is a loser. The Columbus Mayor is the next loser dem to go. JOHN KASICH FOR GOVERNOR!

    September 8, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ohio-ans should be burning the effigy of Ronald Reagan for destroying the unions and destroying Ohio.

    The only God Republicans know is the God of money, and if they have to sell their mother for that God, WELL SO BE IT...

    September 8, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. GaryB

    The sad thing about Ohio is that parts of the state have had double digit unemployment since 2001. The state had mostly Republican leadership from 2001-2008, so it doesn't seem like the GOP has many solutions for them, but the Democrats have had a tough time finding their footing as well. I guess the same could be said for much of the country.

    September 8, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. janetlaw

    GOOD – GO TED – oh yea, I forgot, the past 10 years are the DEMS fault – how silly of me!

    September 8, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Debbie

    Good Gov. Strickland, stand by our leader. Show Ohioans where they would have been if not for Mr. Obama. What I can see, he has help your state but it will take more then 2yrs to repair what it took the republicans 8yrs to destory. If I lived in Ohio, you would have my vote!

    September 8, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Good, we can get rid of him too. Anybody with common sense wants to deny this bad joke is our president. Of course if your brain is drug addled you love Obozo and think he is doing a great job, that the liberals haven't been in control of Congres for 4 years and that Bush is still president. That is the democratic agenda for this election.

    September 8, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. King

    The measly 800,000 billion was to plug up the hole this massive recession caused. The dem had torn down the corrosive bubble that nearly distroyed our nation. The foundation has been rebuilt, and the ball is rolling on the right track now. Dont be ashame because you past heath care reform bringing down cost and stipulaions. 31,000000 people will always be gratefull, dont be ashame for passing financial reform, big business will think twice before they gamble our money away sending us in a disasterous depressin then come back asking for bailout. Be proud democrats youve been a workhorse while the repugs stood on the side line and try to trip you up on every turn. Hey do we pay these guys to work or not.

    September 8, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. patrick

    Governor Strickland had hands full when became governor the state was rape for 16 years by our friends from the other side. Its going take more than 4 years to fix the mess so my friends in Ohio do not go back to the days of cry govenor investing dolls & coins a governor that believes in builting ballpark & rock roll hall of fam. not schools and gives money for internet for schools but nothing for falling roofs on schools. Remember were you at before nov. done go back to those days of rape nothing invested in your kids. Reelect a Governor that understands the everyday person not those who only make for there big money friends

    September 8, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    It should be noted that I saw John King's interview with Gov. Strickland last night (9-7-10). It was rather lengthy and Gov. Strickland said alot. However, John King felt it not important to write about it in the above article. A video of the entire interview would have been nice. John King has a habit of editing out what he does not like to hear. He has done this a number of times with different elected officials. Suggest John King resign from CNN and get a job at Fox News. He will be welcomed there. Ted Henry should go with him.

    September 8, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. usualone

    Good for Strickland. He shows he has courage and sticks to his convictions. Maybe his actions will be catching.

    September 8, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Shirley in California

    Thank you Gov. Strickland. Maybe the other political cowards will stand up for what they say the believe in also. One can only hope.

    September 8, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Michael Shea

    Governor Strickland deserves another term as Governor of his state. As President Kennnedy would say:" Governor Strickland is definitely a Profie in Courage."

    I believe that if we had more Governor Stricklands speaking the truth about the Republicans being obstructionists to all the things that President Obama and Progressive Democrats have tried to do for our country, the Democrats would in big in November.

    I have a list of 100 things that President has done to serve the needs of the people. What have the Republicans done ? They just say"NO".

    September 8, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bush put Ohioians in soup lines during his 8 year presidency. FACT.

    September 8, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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