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Clinton to stump in Valley for Dems

Published: Sun, October 24, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Former President Bill Clinton returns Saturday to the Mahoning Valley to urge Democratic voters to support the party’s candidates, particularly Gov. Ted Strickland.

Clinton will speak at the Mahoning County Democratic Party’s pre-Election Day breakfast 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Mr. Anthony’s on South Avenue in Boardman.

How big is Clinton’s visit to the Valley and Strickland’s re-election effort?

“On a scale of one to 10, this is about a 15,” said Mahoning Democratic Chairman David Betras.

Most recent polls show the gubernatorial race between Strickland, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican John Kasich to be a statistical dead-heat.

Clinton’s Saturday visit to Boardman – along with a rally a day later in Cleveland with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden – is part of a final pre-Election Day push to encourage longtime Democrats in Ohio to vote for the party’s candidates, said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan.

“It’s huge; it’s part of a huge momentum shift,” said Ryan of Niles, D-17th. “This is a base election. We’re not running from our base. We’re running to our base and the message is starting to sink in. The tide is turning.”

The Clinton breakfast, three days before Election Day, will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be needed to attend, Betras said.

Tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mahoning County Democratic Party headquarters, 3321 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown. Each person can get up to two free tickets to the event on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There will be about 500 to 600 tickets available, but that amount could grow, Betras said.

Mr. Anthony’s holds about 1,100 to 1,200 with about half of those invited to the event being Democratic precinct committee members and volunteers, he said.

Also expected to appear at Saturday’s rally are Strickland and Yvette McGee Brown, his lieutenant governor running mate.

“We’ll rally the base and get out the vote,” Betras said.

Clinton’s visit to Boardman won’t be long. The former president is also campaigning for Democrats in Ohio on Saturday in the Canton area and Columbus.

Clinton’s last public visit to the Valley was Oct. 30, 2008, exactly two years to the date of his scheduled Boardman appearance. Two years ago, Clinton headlined an Obama rally, with about 1,800 in attendance, in Campbell.

Clinton attended a private event at the Canfield home of Bruce and Rori Zoldan on March 11, 2008. That event raised more than $100,000 for the failed presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of the former president and current secretary of state.

The Kellys, a Northeast Ohio band, will perform at the event. The local Democratic Party will provide free breakfast to those who attend.


1ytownoh330(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

who cares? dems are really in trouble and they know it!!

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2faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Everyone in this Vally should be behind Strickland and Ryan, they are finally helping us move in the right direction.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Ryan backed the no drill policy of Nancy Pelosi that resulted in four dollar per gallon gas and the recession . Next the same crowd cut medicare by five hundred billion dollars which will kill off the elderly faster for lack of medical attention . Off course the plus is that this will free up social security funds . Strickland just wants to retain his job with nothing to offer in return .

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4Progress(58 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Lock up your daughters, wives, and girlfriends. Slick willie's coming!!!!

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5TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The Lost Patrol:
Your lack of knowledge is quite reprehensible.
The Defense Center is located next to the Covelli " Cash Cow" Center in the thriving business district that is downtown Youngstown. Even though the Covelli Center can barely exceed 15% of the interest bill alone in operating profit each year and has not even scratched the surface of a 13 million dollar principal, it has been a monumental success. In fact just this year the great people in charge learned to turn off the air conditioning and lights when the Center is dormant. That is progressive.
But I digest, the Defense Center has created hundreds of jobs and it is a testament to the decades of one party rule in this prosperous Valley. It would have been very mean of Clinton to renege on the Defense Center. Very mean.
Mean, like the people of this country treated Clinton after he told us point blank he didn't have sexual relations with that woman. We should have believed him because of his outward honesty. We were mean. I am digesting again.
The bottom line is that this healthy and "forward thinking" Valley is not "the land that time forgot" as the facts would have you believe, but rather a progressive, low-crime intelligently run operation that will continue to be a leader in high taxes, low tax-base, and the blatant hatred of common sense.
I implore the readers here to realize that without spending 400k of stimulus funds on the continued high-profit maneuvers of the North Side Pool, we would certainly be reaping the effects of stupidity.



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6forum0205(7 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

How can the unions welcome Clinton? To refresh your memory....Clinton was the president that signed NAFTA and penned the free trade agreement with China during a democratic congress. Yet he never takes credit for it. Hmmmmm.

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