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Strickland: I’m not slinging mud at Kasich

Published: Sat, July 24, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.




Gov. Ted Strickland said he’s not smearing, lying, distorting or telling half-truths about John Kasich, his Republican opponent.

Instead, Strickland, a Democrat, told a crowd of about 150 supporters that he’s pointing out the “different values” between the two.

Kasich “has called what I’ve said smear,” Strickland said at a Friday campaign visit to the Lemon Grove Cafe on West Federal Street in the city’s downtown.

“When you talk about a person’s record, that’s not smear.”

Strickland criticized Kasich for some of his votes during the Republican’s 18 years in the U.S. House, including his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, normalizing trade relations with China and his opposition to increasing the minimum wage.

“I challenge John Kasich to refute anything I’ve said about him,” Strickland said. “I know what mudslinging is. It’s when you lie, distort or tell half-truths. I’m just saying what’s in the record.”

Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesman, said Strickland is attacking his Republican opponent and ignoring his own failures as governor.

“If this is not a smear campaign, then show me one,” Nichols said. “Tell voters what you’ve done over the past 31/2 years. Better yet, do your job.”

Strickland also criticized Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor, the Republican lieutenant-governor candidate, for comments she made at a Cleveland roundtable discussion Thursday.

In making a point about Ohio’s estate tax hurting businesses, Taylor, a certified public accountant, said, “I spent 16 years working with businesses, entrepreneurs that were successful, created a great deal of wealth for themselves and their families, and you now, we counseled those individuals to consider, you know, moving to Florida or other states that don’t have high income taxes and an onerous stand-alone death tax.”

Strickland said “it’s almost incomprehensible” that a lieutenant-governor candidate would make such a statement.

“Sometimes I wonder if John Kasich and Mary Taylor like Ohio,” Strickland said. “... If John Kasich and Mary Taylor are so in love with Florida, maybe they should run for governor and lieutenant governor of Florida. I’m not going to bash Ohio. They’re bashing Ohio.”

In response, Nichols said Friday, “Apparently Ted Strickland is the last one to know that job-creating entrepreneurs regularly flee our state for those with lower taxes.”


1Joe306tow(49 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

You Lied about School Funding Reform Ted Strickland.

You Do Not deserve the publics trust again! Ted Strickland.

Time for you to be Unemployed Ted Strickland.

Time to own up for what you did not DO rather than slinging mud for something you opponent supposedly did, Ted Strickland!!

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2Joe306tow(49 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I promise to "Reform Education in Ohio, and move the burden of School Funding from homeowners to a fairer plan."

That DID NOT happen! Heres what did:

1. Tuition @ State Colleges including Kent State, Akron & others went up.

2. The O.I.G. (Ohio Instructional Grant) that helped Ohio's lower income students pay for college was CUT!

3. No School Funding Reform, so Billionaires that own the Bengels, Blue Jackets, Browns, Cavs, Indians, & Reds get Tax Breaks (Abatements~School Taxes), and homeowners pay for Ohio's Schools. Remember that Next time a Levy is forced onto you, or your Kids face a loss of Services or Programs due to School Budget cuts!

4. No real help for Displaced Workers to get Educational retraining. Look if you really want to make an impact, don't just have Job and Family Services have a small offering of Schools to chose from. Give every Unemployed Ohioan a voucher for free Tuition at ANY OHIO accredited college. Then Displaced Ohio workers can get training in a NEW Career without a extra financial burden on top of being unemployed.

5. To your fans that say you are or were an "Education" Governor, I say NOT, NOT, Oh heck NOT!!!

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3palbubba(794 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The libraries are now seeking new levies due to the cuts brought on by our esteemed governor. The hundreds of thousands jobs lost under his watch must be his opponents fault. Get real this man has done nothing to make the state better. As for the Auditors advice to her clients, many retired people move to Florida, she would have been negligent in her duty to her clients if she hadn't.

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4PXGhost(51 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Income Tax, Sales Tax, Gasoline Tax, Cigarette Tax, Real Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, Building Permit Tax, Vehicle License & Registration Fees (Taxes), CDL License Fee (Tax), Medicare/Medicade Tax, Utility Taxes...

These are just the taxes I can think of, not to mention all the taxes on Businesses. Yeah, where will we ever get the money to do anything if we do away with the Income tax or decrease the inheritance tax? You must be against Ohio if you think some of our rediculous number of taxes should be reduced or disappear! **Note the sarcasm**

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5PXGhost(51 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

@sotired... Clearly, you're short sighted... Forida is not the only state without an income tax. There are Seven actually: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. But since you think Florida is such a horrible place to live, here are some numbers and comparisons for you:

Est. Population: 11.54 Million
FY2010 Budget: $55.67 BILLION
Ratio of $4,824.09 Per Resident

Est. Population: 18.53 Million
FY2010 Budget: $66.5 BILLION
Ratio of $3,588.77 Per Resident

Florida, on April 30th, passed their FY2011 Balanced Budget of $70.4 BILLION without raising taxes or fees.
Ohio has a projected $8 BILLION dollar shortfall for the next two-year budget that would start July 1, 2011.

We pay MORE taxes than Florida, and WE are in a budget deficit. Deficits occur when Government spends more than it receives. Clearly, our STATE Government doesn't live within it's means. Cut Spending at the STATE LEVEL, restructure our tax base and we WILL ALL be better off.

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