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Neither 6th District Dem candidate had kind words for Obama



Published: Thu, April 24, 2014 @ 12:15 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The two Democratic candidates for the 6th Congressional District seat aren’t big fans of their political party or President Barack Obama.

“I’ll be representing a district; I won’t be representing a party, though I am a Democrat,” said Jennifer Garrison, a three-term former Ohio House representative who works as an attorney representing landowners who sell mineral rights to oil and gas companies.

As for President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat, Garrison said, “There are a lot of things he could have done better, like communicating with Congress.”

Garrison of Marietta said she is a Democrat because the party, like she, believes “in lifting up the middle class,” but added, “I’ve met very few people [who] agreed completely with the platform of their party. That is true of me.”

Though Obama won Ohio by 3 percentage points in 2012, he lost the 18-county 6th District by about 12 percentage points to Republican Mitt Romney. The district includes all of Columbiana County and a portion of Mahoning County.

Garrison also said she wouldn’t have voted for Obamacare if she was in the House in 2009 because “it’s hard for me to vote for anything that cuts Medicare.”

But Garrison said she supports a number of Obamacare’s provisions such as allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until the age of 26, no lifetime caps and requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

Garrison doesn’t support repealing Obamacare — “this train has left the station” — but wants a more open dialogue between Democrats and Republicans to make improvements to the law.

“The parts of it that aren’t working we should be spending time working together to resolve,” she said.

Garrison will face Gregory D. Howard, an organic farmer from Albany, in the Democratic primary.

Howard is running for office for the first time.

While Howard supports Obamacare — “it’s the best we’ve got for now” — and would have voted in favor of it, he said, “Medicare for all should be part of it.”

He has other issues with the president.

“I’m not very happy with some of the things he’s done,” Howard said.

Among them are the president’s support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a free-trade agreement with 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region — and drone attacks, he said.

Howard supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission’s 2010 United States Supreme Court decision that removed prohibitions on independent expenditures by corporations and labor unions.

Howard said he challenged Garrison because her campaign didn’t address the issue.

There are about six members of Congress who “are for people, and the rest are for money and corporations. We need replacements. I hope to be the leader on this.”

The winner of the Democratic primary faces two-term U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican, and Dennis G. Lambert, a Green Party candidate, in the November general election.


Comments

1paulydel(1332 comments)posted 8 months ago

Obuma has caused this country to be run into the ground. I do not understand why people would continue to support anyone who has raped and pillaged the tax paying people of this country.

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2redeye1(4712 comments)posted 8 months ago

GDOG You are right , he doubles the stock markets gains , who benefits, from that? The rich.! He also DOUBLED gas prices , He has raised food prices with his idiotic plans .He screwed up our roads with his screwed up stimulis plan that only helped the union buddies. He also raised used car parts with his half arse Cash for clunkers plan. Yeah we are doing so good under his demoncratic leadership. NOT!

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376Ytown(1305 comments)posted 8 months ago

gdog: some data for you...

http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/his...

http://www.portalseven.com/employment...

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4republicanRick(1251 comments)posted 8 months ago

gdog, the stock market is going up because Republicans stopped Obama care from being enacted. The stalemate is good news for investers.

Don't let your hateful and bitter attitude get in the way of facts. I feel sorry for how much of an angry lonely person you got as you grew old.

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5jojuggie(1488 comments)posted 8 months ago

"I'm old enough to remember the massive days of unemployment and down ecomonies going back to Reagan and continuing through each Repub administration."
Are you kidding me. Remember the president prior to Reagan - remember 16% interest rates. New home construction was nil. Reagan pulled us out of that era and people started to making money again.

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6jojuggie(1488 comments)posted 8 months ago

No, it's not rescumlicans - it's democ - RAT

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7jojuggie(1488 comments)posted 8 months ago

In the 69 years since D-Day, there are four occasions when the
President of the United States chose not to visit the D-Day Monument
that honors the soldiers killed during the Invasion.

The occasions were:

1. Barack Obama, 2010
2. Barack Obama, 2011
3. Barack Obama, 2012
4. Barack Obama, 2013

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