Kasich boosts Romney by laying off divisive ideas

Gov. John Kasich is doing what he can to help Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney win the battleground state — and that sometimes includes holding his tongue.
Associated Press
Nov 6, 2012

The normally vocal Kasich has seen an uptick in his approval ratings since summer. The rise has coincided with his relative silence on divisive policy changes he's advancing, including a tax increase on big oil drillers, further privatization of state functions and possible spending cuts to balance Ohio's next two-year operating budget.

The Republican governor is focusing instead on email blasts to supporters, pro-Romney op-eds, upbeat rally speeches and national TV interviews touting GOP economic policies.

In a weekend op-ed in the Plain Dealer, Kasich said casting a vote for Romney would mean spreading business-friendly policies like Ohio's across the nation and would heal the economy.

"The solution is simple. Do what we're doing here in Ohio at a national level: Cut taxes, rein in spending, pursue common-sense regulations, make government work better and get it out of the way so job creators can do what they do best — innovate, grow and create jobs," he wrote. "Mitt Romney understands this and will do it as president."

The jobs focus has side-stepped other areas of the policy agenda Kasich and fellow Republicans have in mind for the state after the election, including brewing plans to revisit an unpopular law limiting public-employee collective bargaining that Ohio voters turned back last year.

"That's Incumbency 101. You don't want to come out with anything new or startling," said Republican consultant Terry Casey. "You want to have everything buttoned down — and that includes a governor or a president. Obama's doing the same thing."

Meanwhile, the man Kasich beat two years ago — former Gov. Ted Strickland — has been a vocal and visible surrogate for Obama.

Strickland has been all over the national cable news shows talking up the president, toured southeast Ohio with Vice President Joe Biden and lost his voice after speaking at a string of rallies in the final days of the campaign.

A scratchy-throated Strickland warmed up the crowd at an Obama rally last Friday, saying that the former Massachusetts governor wasn't being truthful when he said he backed the auto industry.

"I've got a message for Governor Romney: Buckeyes aren't dumb," Strickland said in Lima. "We have figured this guy out."

Strickland has been the Obama campaign's attack dog at the president's rallies around Ohio. He has blasted Romney over his off-shore accounts and his earlier refusal to release all his tax returns, accusing the Republican of being secretive.

 

Comments

The Big Dog's back

Unemployment is down in Ohio but told tell mittens.

Factitious

Republicans can't get 51% of the vote if people know what they really stand for, the the 1%, so they deceive.

Democrats only need to get the truth out. That's isn't easy when the media is owned by the 1%. "liberal media"??? Yeah, right.

http://truth-out.org/

coasterfan

Strickland is right. We have figured Romney out. We know that we've seen 2 or 3 different Romneys over the past half year:

Tea Party Extremist Romney (back during the GOP primaries)
Democrat/Centrist Romney: during the debates
Staunch Republican Romney: during the past 2 weeks.

The man is a windsock, who changes his stance daily, depending on whom he is speaking with. With rich folks behind closed doors, he rails against the 47%. In front of autoworkers, he tries to pass himself off as middle-class Mitt. Doesn't really work, because we all know he has bank accounts in the Caymans and was born into an extremely wealthy family.

At the end of the day, trust is most important. How can I possibly trust Romney when we still have no idea who he really is? When even his supposed strengths (business acumen) aren't really strengths (Bain Capital, Massachusetts was 47th in job creation during his term as governor), he sounds an awful lot like Bush.

Mostly because he IS an awful lot like Bush. I'm guessing that's why no one from the Romney presidency ever brings up George's name these days. They're hoping we won't notice the obvious similarities...

tk

When someone said, "will the real Mitt Romney please stand up", he twisted himself into a pretzel trying to stand.

doppleganger

They both look like a couple of dorks in that photo. Dee dee dee.

KURTje

That photo reminds me of what "Give them he[[" Harry Trueman once said, " He's a lying S.O.B. & everyone knows it." President Trueman was reffering to Senator Dick Nixon.

coasterfan

Congrats Barack, Sherrod and Marcy. Keep on keeping' on...