Westerville, Ohio (CNN) - Ohio Republican gubernatorial nominee John Kasich kicked off a statewide bus tour with his fellow GOP candidates on Monday by unleashing an angry attack on Democrats who, he charged, have run a campaign based on fear, lies and mudslinging.
"In my entire political life I have never seen the kind of negative, smearing, lying stuff that these Democrats have done and brought on the people of this state," he told a crowd of Republicans in this Columbus suburb. "Shame on them! Do they have one good positive decent idea in their brain? I don't think so."
(CNN) – Big Republicans are coming out for Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich next week. Governors Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota will headline a rally on October 29.
The three governors are also considered potential 2012 presidential candidates. Another possible 2012 candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will campaign for Kasich next Tuesday.
Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Ohio's Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland thinks the pundits are wrong.
He tells CNN, "I don't think there is an enthusiasm gap in Ohio." As proof he cites he a state Democratic Party analysis that shows "across Ohio more Democrats have requested absentee ballots than have Republicans."
But even if that bears out, it might not be enough for the Democrat to hold onto his seat that one the state party calls "a firewall for President Obama in 2012."
(CNN) - Republican John Kasich has extended his lead over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in the Ohio governor's race.
According to a new poll from the University of Cincinnati, Kasich, a former congressman, holds a 51-43 percent lead over the once-popular Strickland. Six percent say they remain undecided – a percentage that may offer the one-term governor a glimmer of hope if he can convince those voters to fall his way in the next three weeks.
The poll surveyed 705 likely voters by telephone between October 8-13 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.
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(CNN) - An Ohio blogger is eating his words after a CNN fact check revealed his assertions that an Ohio gubernatorial candidate made up a story were completely false.
Anthony Fossaceca, a blogger for OhioDaily.com, lambasted Kasich's closing statement in Tuesday's Ohio Governor debate as "the lamest, most cliche closing in debate history."
Kasich told a story about running into a couple at a Bob Evans restaurant who were going over their household budget.
"I said what's – what are you doing there. They said, well my job was downgraded. The lady said my job was downgraded. We're sitting here working on the family budget. We're trying to figure out how to make it work," Kasich recounted in his statement.
In a post entitled "BREAKING: Desperate Kasich Invokes Bob Evans as Debate Opportunity Slips Away", Fosaceca surmised that the entire tale was false.
John Kasich is no fan of the Obama economic program, but says perhaps this time the president has an idea worth considering.
The former GOP congressman is running for Ohio governor now, and says he wants to study the proposal President Obama is set to unveil Thursday near Cleveland.
The president is to propose a new research and development tax credit, in an effort to spur hiring. But the GOP congressional leadership has all but ruled out cooperating on any major Obama economic initiatives before Election Day.
(CNN) – Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich is going on the defensive in his first campaign ad, hitting back against Democratic efforts to portray him as a former Wall Street big wig.
"Ohio has lost 400,000 jobs under Ted Strickland. He can't campaign on his record, so he and his friends try to tear me down," says the Republican in the new spot released Saturday. "Here's the truth. I didn't run Lehman Brothers. I was one of 700 managing directors. I worked in a two-man office in Columbus. I have a record of balancing budgets, cutting taxes, and creating jobs."
Strickland, the incumbent Democratic governor, has repeatedly portrayed Kasich as a creature of Wall Street because of his ties to the now-defunct investment banking house. Kasich, a former U.S. congressman, worked for Lehman from 2001 until its collapse in 2008.
Responding to Kasich's ad, Strickland spokeswoman Lis Smith said the Ohio Republican is "implausibly trying to downplay his role as a managing director at failed Wall Street investment firm Lehman Brothers after years of bragging about his work on Wall Street."
(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland holds a small lead over his Republican challenger in his bid this year for a second term in office, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey, released Tuesday morning, also indicates that more Ohio voters favor than oppose passing an immigration law similar to the new controversial measure in Arizona.
Forty-three percent of those questioned in the poll say they support Strickland, with 38 percent backing former Rep. John Kasich, and 15 percent unsure. Strickland's lead is just within the survey's sampling error. His advantage is basically unchanged from Quinnipiac polls conducted in March and April.
(CNN) – The first line of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's campaign biography boasts the Democratic governor is "the son of a steelworker" who "never imagined he'd be able to go to college."
Indeed, Strickland's humble upbringing is just the type campaigns love to highlight, and never more so during an economic climate that still hasn't shown signs for recovery for many Ohioans.
But the campaign of Strickland's Republican opponent -former U.S. Rep. John Kasich – is causing a stir for attacking the same simple origins Strickland celebrates.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said in a statement Tuesday Strickland is a poor manager of Ohio's cities because the Democrat was raised "in a chicken shack on Duck Run."