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Two major Ohio newspapers issue endorsements in Ohio governor race

Published: Sun, October 3, 2010 @ 2:09 p.m.

Staff/wire report

Two members of the Ohio Newspaper Organization today issued endorsements for the Ohio governor’s race.

The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer, the state’s largest newspaper, endorsed Republican John Kasich. The Dayton Daily News endorsed incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.

The Plain Dealer writes that Kasich’s opponent is a safe bet who isn’t likely to bring about change or make big mistakes.

But the newspaper says Ohio needs someone who can help the state regain its self-confidence — all while digging the state out of a budget hole.

The Plain Dealer calls Kasich a wild card who’s eager to shake up the status quo.

The Cleveland newspaper says it would be easy to put its weight behind Strickland as it did in 2006. Instead, The Plain Dealer endorses Kasich for the Nov. 2 election — with a bit of trepidation.

The Dayton Daily News endorsed Strickland, recognizing his leadership through “tough times.” “Gov. Ted Strickland has presided over the state in the worst possible times.

Yet, he has pulled the state through a certified crisis as well as anyone could,” the endorsement editorial said.

“Hard as it is to imagine, other states’ economies and their governments are

worse off than Ohio. In some cases, much worse.

“John Kasich, the Republican challenger, is running on promises he can’t possibly keep, relying on rhetoric from a generic Republican playbook,” the editorial continued.

The Plain Dealer and The Daily News are members of the Ohio Newspaper Organization, which comprises the state’s eight largest newspapers, including The Vindicator. The Vindicator has not yet issued its endorsement in the governor’s race.


1valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years ago

I certainly hope that the Vindicator wises up and endorses Kasich... Kasich looked good in the video on vindy.com. He handled the pressure well and I loved how he refused to rip all over Strickland when asked to.

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2mcgtrinsofla(6 comments)posted 5 years ago

didn't the plain dealer endorse Kucinich?
what a great leader and representitive he turned out to be, eh?

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3aljimi(44 comments)posted 5 years ago

Wasn't Kasich shown how he believes in free trade.The same free trade that cost Ohio thousands and thousands of jobs.Now people want to support him after all he did and the huge bonus he took from a failing company,while many pensions were devastated.He "really" showed his concern for us here in Ohio.

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4fatfrank(11 comments)posted 5 years ago

You know, free trade is a great concept, but you need to have something to offer in trade for it to be desirable.

The US and its politicians have positioned us as consumers not as producers, so it should be small wonder that the US looses jobs to producer countries.

The world changes and people, especially Americans don't want to change with it. That's the prob baby.

I don't care who the governor is, a mental shift into reality is necessary.

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years ago

Another 4 years of Strickland would be a disaster, vote for Kasich and let's hope he can turn the state around after Taft & Strickland really screwed it up. We need spending cuts and tax cuts to drive the Ohio economy forward which Kasich says he will do and Strickland says he won't.

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