Dems tour state to tout Strickland


NORTH JACKSON — Ohio Democrats kicked off a tour of the state highlighting the difference between ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, their nominee for U.S. Senate, and incumbent Republican Rob Portman.

Today, at the United Auto Workers Local 1112 union hall in North Jackson, near the Lordstown General Motors complex, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, and Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson spoke about Strickland’s leadership in support of the 2009 auto bailout.

“The auto rescue is a perfect example that Ted Strickland is the only candidate in this race that Ohioans can trust to stand up for them in the U.S. Senate,” Johnson said. “While Ted Strickland was fighting for our auto industry during the ‘Great Recession,’ Sen. Portman opposed the auto rescue, claiming it was a ‘lousy deal for Ohio.’”

Portman acknowledged he said the rescue was a “lousy deal” because Ohio lost more auto dealerships than any other state except Pennsylvania, people – including Delphi retired salaried employees – lost or had their pensions significantly reduced, and the state had four auto plants shut down.

Portman points to full statements he made at the time, however, and since, that if he was in the U.S. House, he would have voted for the rescue.

“Maybe they’re getting desperate and making stuff up,” Portman said of Strickland supporters contending he didn’t back the rescue.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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