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Clinton revs up Dems in Valley

Published: Sun, October 31, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By David Skolnick



“Where’s the enthusiasm gap?”

It was a question often asked by Democratic leaders at Saturday’s Mahoning County Democratic pre-Election Day breakfast, headlined by former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton spoke to a crowd of 1,800 to 2,000 people, most of whom stood rather than sit during his speech, at Mr. Anthony’s.

The former president urged the audience to vote and urge others to do the same for the Democratic slate, particularly Gov. Ted Strickland.

“Where’s the enthusiasm gap? Where is it?” yelled Yvette McGee Brown, the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee. “You guys do us proud. We are winning on Tuesday because of you! I just want to tell you, this has been a long year. There are people who counted us out just like people counted out the Valley.”

National polls have shown that those most likely to vote lean Republican.

But Strickland said momentum is swinging in favor of Democrats at the right time.

Republicans “won this race in August,” he said. “We’re going to win this race in November, when it really counts.”

Polls show a tight race for governor between Strickland and Republican John Kasich.

Clinton said, “It’s obvious we’re closing the enthusiasm gap.”

During his speech, Clinton criticized Kasich, but only once mentioned him by name.

Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, the Democratic nominee for auditor, said, “There’s a whole lot of enthusiasm for Democrats here. I tell people to come to the Valley. There’s great energy and excitement here. You’re obviously seeing it.”

The Mahoning Valley is one of the state’s most Democratic regions.

Clinton’s 39-minute speech was longer than most of his stump speeches.

Not only did he urge voters to support Strickland, he spent time discussing how important it is to re-elect U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, and Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville, D-6th, as well as Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher for U.S. Senate.

Strickland, Fisher “and these members of Congress have done more for you than they get credit for,” Clinton said.

The former president defended the $800-billion-plus federal stimulus act for giving tax breaks to the middle class, saving the jobs of teachers and police officers, for creating other jobs and keeping the unemployment rate from going higher.

Clinton said he hated that the bill had to be passed — blaming Republicans for putting the country in a position where such legislation was necessary for the fiscal survival of the country.

In response to Clinton’s appearance, Ryan Tronovitch, Republican National Committee spokesman, said: “Gov. Ted Strickland can try to hide his support for the failed Obama-agenda behind Bill Clinton, but Ohioans can see past that thinly veiled attempt to mask a record of higher taxes, out-of-control spending and budget-busting deficits. The day before Halloween, the only thing scarier for Ted Strickland than a visit from Bill Clinton would be a visit from President Obama and Vice President Biden.”

Obama and Biden will campaign for Ohio Democrats, particularly Strickland, at a Cleveland rally today.

“I thought his speech was very good and very inspirational,” said Jeri Smith of Salem. “It gets the enthusiasm up and maybe gets more Democrats out to the polls.”

“He revved up the crowd,” said Brian Baumiller of Hubbard. “If you don’t come away from here voting Democratic, you never will.”


1hsr0601(4 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Former President Bill Clinton compared Republicans to a football coach fired after several losing seasons who demands his job back after the new coach posts a winning record but still hasn't won a championship.

It's well known that democracy & technology shape the future of a nation.
Let's give Democrats a chance to make headway.
Former President Bill Clinton said "It took me four years to balance the budget, then I gave you four surpluses, paid $600 billion down on the national debt,"

And I'd say : It took 8 years for the Bush mishandling to get a final verdict.
Let's not fall for the outrageous claim : Heal the 8 year-long chronic disease quickly, but do not see a doctor, adding to the deficit.

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I'll be there! And I'll vote for Strickland,Wilson,and Bolon. The roads are starting to look like civilized people live around them. Thanks for your help Dem's! Unlike the thieving Republicans who claim to civilized.

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Kudos to Chairman Betras for helping to make this event happen.

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4chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The King of NAFTA ex-President Clinton comes to support the soon to be ex-Governor Strickland who lost 400,000 jobs under his watch.

Wasn't it Strickalnd who vowed to turn around Ohio four years ago when he took the job along with his attorney general Mark Dann? Sure didn't take Ted long to blame Bush and wall street for his own failures. Man up, Mr. Strickland.

This UBAD (Used to Be A Democrat) sees no alternative but to vote against Strickland in order to avoid losing more jobs in my state.

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

400,000 jobs were lost in large part due to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in US history. That was Sept of 2008, Kasick was a financial advisor for lehman. The only thing he offers the real folks in Ohio is less of everything. He will do nothing for this Valley.
Strickland has spent more time and energy in this Valley than any other Governor, EVER! He supported a loan to GM to keep people working. Ted worked with V&M Star for incentives from the state to expand in this Valley. More and more work is coming to this Valley because we FINALLY have a Governor that "gets it". WAKE UP, VOTE TED STRICKLAND OR GO BACKWARDS!

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6faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

FairandEqual, bite off your nose to spite your face. Ya, I know, don't support Lordstown workers either, even though the Cruze is awesome and my neighbor worker there. You are more worried about some personal agenda that will never materialize. I feel sad for you not because you lost some money, but because you are so narrow sighted.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

timOthy :

"I'll be there! And I'll vote for Strickland,Wilson,and Bolon. The roads are starting to look like civilized people live around them."

Go down Andrews from Federal and your teeth will rattle ! We built better roads in Iraq and our industrial zone in Youngstown is a disgrace !

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8candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

the power of the "brand"
protect the "brand"
we have future books to sell...

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9SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@faith- I just love people who run their mouthes and show their stupidity on this site.

First of all, Lehman Bros is in NEW YORK, so if they had anything to do with the 400,000 jobs lost in OHIO, it was minimal. Secondly, Kasich is only one person at that firm so let's play the blame game, right? Many of the financial products that were sold by Lehman Bros, were CMO's created with bad mortgages from Fannie and Freddie. Go talk to Barney Frank about these- another Unidicted Crook.

Kasich was one vote out of 535 votes when NAFTA was passed- under You Guessed it- Bill Clinton.

Read your history before making dumb posts.

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10EricLW(66 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

BELLAMY1 is that what your church is feeding you? You should be smart enough to make your own choice. You don't need the church to make decisions for you in life. Grow a brain and make your choices in life. Oh well... Bran washed and brain warped as usual. Everybody jump on the chrstain bus were gonna go do some vot'en! hahaha Sad and pathetic this nation has become.

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11cambridge(4135 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I love the fact that Jon Stewart more than 200,000 in D.C. and Glenn Beck only drew 85,000. There is a twelve minute video in the link below of his closing speech. Had more substance than anything Glenn Beck has ever said.


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12timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Stan, I agree wholeheartedly on your opinion about roads in foreign lands. And Stan I also feel that way about all foreign aid. As for the streets Andrews and Federal aren't they city streets? Why hasn't the city addressed them. Most of the work was done on Interstates and State routes,but some money went to villages ,townships, and cities. I appreciate what we have gotten so far , but I agree more needs to paved.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"Why hasn't the city addressed them."

What industry there still is in the area dumps plenty into the state's coffers . Both the city and the state only remember the area at tax time . Take a ride down Andrews and see for yourself .

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