October 25th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Kasich rails on 'negative, smearing, lying' Democrats

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."

Kasich, a former Congressman and Lehman Brothers employee, is trying to unseat Gov. Ted Strickland, whose campaign has portrayed Kasich as friend of Wall Street who voted against Second Amendment rights and backed unfair trade deals when he served in the House.

Both campaigns, along with their out-of-state allies, have funded negative television and radio ads. Polls suggest the race is a toss-up as it heads into its final week, a closing stretch that will see Ohio campaign stops from President Obama, Vice President Biden and former President Bill Clinton.

Kasich spent much of the speech criticizing President Obama's "big government" agenda and said the White House is paying so much attention to Ohio in order to protect Obama's re-election hopes in 2012.

"Barack Obama comes into this state and all he talks about is, 'They're going to take us backwards,'" he said. "Well you know what? Backwards into the 90s is a heck of a lot better than what he's given us since he's been president."

He called Ohio "the eye of the tiger" this election season and claimed the whole world is watching what happens in the Buckeye State.

"This is our chance in this state, in ground zero, to have our say, to stick up for what we believe in," he said. "We can be a role model for the rest of this country, and then we move forward to 2012."

For all his bombast about President Obama, Kasich made no mention of Strickland. He instead issued ominous warnings about how the Democratic Party may try to steal the election next Tuesday.

"They will try to buy this election from top to bottom," he said. "They are going to use the policies of fear, every left-wing organizer in this country, to come in here and scare our people and try to drag people away from the polls. They don't want you to vote. They are going to tell a lot of lies."

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for Strickland, accused Kasich of losing his cool.

"With his campaign in freefall, it's not surprising that Congressman Kasich has resorted to lashing out irrationally at campaign rallies," Smith said in an email. "Unfortunately for him, the more Ohioans have learned about him - and his support for disastrous policies like outsourcing - the less they like him."

Kasich's fiery, finger-jabbing tone was a departure from the quiet speech of GOP Senate nominee Rob Portman just moments before. Portman, a former congressman and budget chief under President George W. Bush, tends to avoid bomb-throwing rhetoric in favor of measured critiques about how Democrats have mismanaged the economy.

"We lost jobs last month, 17,000 jobs last month in Ohio," Portman said. "Those aren't statistics, those are families. Those are families that are losing hope, and people that are getting left behind. That's what this campaign is all about."

Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Tired of the nonsense

    In my entire voting life I have never seen the kind of negative, smearing, lying stuff that these Republicans, GOPers and Tea Partiers have done and brought on the people of this state. Shame on them! Do they have one good positive decent idea in their brain? I don't think so.

    The day we get a smart republican in Washington will be the day we'll have to call Ripley's Believe It or Not because no one will believe it.

    October 25, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Whatever

    LOL Pot meet Kettle!!!! Every ad the Tea Party Republicians put on the air is negative (Miller, Angle, Fiorino, McMahon, etc. etc.). He is obviously confused!!!!!!! Maybe if states did not have ONE form of revenue (business) they would be okay now.

    October 25, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    So what else is new? They are politicians. Not one of them knows the meaning of the word "ethics." Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    October 25, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. gt

    of course obama and his hinch men have spent more time in ohio than any where else... should you be surprised by the democratic party mud slinging ...no.. thats typical democratic m.o...... no ideas and blame everyone else,.. ah democratic politics ... gutter trash... bottom feeders....low lifes...

    October 25, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. ronalde

    Kaisch's is the one lying,he's the one who believes in paying bonus's to wall street he'e the one who believes in free interprise,he believes that the free market will right itself,he is the one who bragg about sending work out of the country,now when the truth is brought to light he calls them lies,I live here and i have heard him say these things.

    October 25, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Maybe it's because (as amply illustrated in CNN.com reader comments) the whacked out loony lib Dems ARE negative, smearing liars. 10-1 smears by Dems compared with Reps. The comments on this very string will prove just that!

    October 25, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Colleen

    no one is as negative, smearing and lying as Kasich has been over the years. He's a lifelong politicain and the one good thing about leaving Ohio is I no longer have to hear about him constintly. I think he's been in politics forever. I was 22 when he was elected the first time and now I'm 50!! He needs to just retire

    October 25, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. carlos

    these two rotten to the core humans with mice brains must have been looking at the republiCONServative mirror because what they are spewing is the reality within that party of criminals a la rove, palin, and all the other nincompoops......unfit for anything: kasich and portman

    October 25, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Video Guy

    He needs to clean out his ears and hear Sara, and her friends.

    October 25, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. DJ in TX

    And what is Kasich running on? I notice in this article he doesn't talk about what HE'S going to do. Only what the other side has done. No mention it was his GOP party that let Lehman fail. No mention it was HIS party that started the bail outs. No mention of how saving GM saved some jobs in his state. What is Kasich running on? What record is ANY GOP running on. Show us PROOF of the fiscal responsibility. If I remember correctly, the GOP ran up the largest deficit (till now).

    October 25, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. From Ohio

    Come on he's been two things: politicain and investment banker for Lehman Brothers earing over 1/2 a million in salery and bonuses. Wake up Ohio

    October 25, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Why don't the repugnicans talk about the failed economic policies of the Bush adminsitration. It's seems funny that neither Dubya or Darth Vader Cheney are on the campaign trail at all. I WONDER WHY?

    October 25, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Ron

    Must have had his head buried in his ____ in order to NOT see the negative, smearing, lying his fellow republicans have been dealing for the past 18 months. Does he really think people are that stupid to believe his garbage?? Really.

    October 25, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Sue

    I would rather keep the men and women we have in office than to let these idiots like Angle, Miller, ODonnell, Bachman, Paul that have no clue as to how to work or run our govenment....these people are not only crazy they are dangous.....never have I seen so many radical freaks come out of the wood work to run for office......I blame the Tea Party and the Republicans (Palin) for creating fear and insighting Hate and these are the kinds of loonies that will run this country into deeper debt and bring out the Terrorist for sure...not to mention take away Education, Socail Security, Medicare and much much more......

    October 25, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Byrd

    Our country was in such wonderful shape when Obama took office that we can all hardly wait to see what ideas the republicans next have in store for us. The party of "NO" has now become the smear party with no ieas other than to lie and falsely trash their opponents. Kasick is a hypocrite through and through.

    October 25, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Proud Democrat

    Has Kasich looked in the mirror lately. I believe the Republicans have slung their fair share of the mud in this campaign.

    October 25, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. bob

    Kasich should complain. He has aired so many negative ads against Governor Strickland. He has so many unnamed and non-transparent groups going after the governor it's pathetic. Kasich is the one who should be ashamed. Won't released his financial records so we really know who paid him and why Ohioans lost so much money in Wall Street. He's a hyprocrite.

    October 25, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Von Bismark-Vienna

    A kettle calling a pot black. PATHETIC!

    October 25, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Vote for the best candidates

    I noticed that democrats haven't been running on the ideological policies that they forced into law (stimulus, Obamacare or the fake finance reform). Instead, they are trying to smear their opponents as 'extreme', 'crazy', 'rich', 'haters of the poor', or 'buying the election'–which is dishonest and slanderous.

    Unfortunately there are those that are too lazy to look into the facts. I'm not a Palin fan, but still hear dopes that think that she said, "I can see Russia from my house". The media (including CNN) haven't been fair in their coverage. If they had, everyone would understand that Obama lies when he states, "republicans are obstructing his policies" (they can't, he has a super-majority) or that he's trying to "work with republicans' (he's not and never has).

    Neither party is innocent, but the democrats stand out as more dishonest, corrupt and slanderous.

    Vote for the best candidate possible, that stands for your principles. This year, that vote should lean towards the "R"s.

    October 25, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. The Unsub

    just vote!!!

    October 25, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Maybe Kasich should just man-up. It was his [R] party that perfected the modern-day campaign smear. What a bunch of hypocritic drivel for him to complain now when the other side fights back. And as far as ideas, has he not been paying attention to Congress the last couple of years...the proposals debated there have been about trying to help ALL citizens, not just the rich and the corporate-connected. What a Lehman Bro. lapdog...perfect fit for today's [R] party.

    Kasich is a complete wuss....he should check-in for a sex change. He is a loser of the first order, no matter what happens on election day. I hope America wakes up before they elect a bunch of [R]etards back into office where they can do even more mindless damage to our country.

    October 25, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Sgt. Joe

    This is comical! Has this guy ever heard of Carl Rove, the master of slime? If anything, the Dems are not nearly as brazen as they need to be! Policies of "fear"? Again, the GOP is tops when is comes to pumping fear and anger. Give me a break.....

    October 25, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. normajean

    Mr. Kasich says " he has never seen such fear,lies and mudslining". Well, he must be deaf, dumb and blind because the Democratic party has been on the recieving end of each of these attitudes for two solid years without letup. Not only that, but as to decent, positive ideas.. the Repiublican party wouldn't know one if they saw it. They didn't get the name "PARTY OF NO" for nothing!!!!This man wants go back to the 90's and it looks like that's right where the Repubs would go unlessthey realized what a big mistake that woulld be .BEEN THERE DONE THAT!

    October 25, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Peace

    "They will try to buy this election from top to bottom,"
    Really, who is at the top and who is at the bottom??? One has to laugh without intending to so do. What an election this time!

    October 25, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. terry, va

    The dumbocraps don't have a record that the majority of Americans like. That is why they can't talk about what they have done for us. That is why they can only smear people. Even the campaigner in chief Obummie, can only say if you don't know what a good job I've done you are dumb. WELL OBUMMIE YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE ARE THE DUMB ONES!!!

    October 25, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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