BLOG: Strickland promises Sandusky visit

Andy Ouriel
Jun 15, 2012


The biggest breakthrough bringing President Barack Obama to Sandusky just occurred.

For months, I’ve communicated with people linked to Obama’s re-election campaign.

Through emails, snail mail and telephone calls, I’ve alerted dozens related to the campaign why Obama should visit the area sometime before November’s election.

Now, to my benefit, a former high-ranking state official has become aware of my efforts.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who served in the role from 2007 to 2011, recently spoke with me for about 20 minutes on the telephone.

Strickland, an advocate for affordable and attainable education during his political tenure, is one of two chairpersons on the president’s re-election campaign in Ohio.

Even though voters ousted Strickland for Republican Gov. John Kasich in November 2010, Strickland didn’t want to fade away from the government scene.

“I believe it’s my responsibility to be politically involved,” Strickland told the Register. “It’s the responsibility of all citizens, regardless of their political parties, to really engage themselves in our democracy.”
Strickland, however, is now channeling all his political energy into explaining why Obama deserves another four-year term.

“Our democracy is at risk,” Strickland said. “We have really powerful individuals and interest groups that can control the political agenda and can determine our public policy.”

The 2012 election has highlighted many problems with political action committees.

Among the backlash: How specific groups can raise an unlimited amount of funds while finding loopholes to surpass government-imposed budget caps of roughly $5,000. Officials from PACs also use the publicly raised money for personal reasons rather than for political purposes.

An April Arizona Republic study determined 5,000-plus political action committees exist nationwide and have collectively raised $785 million in 2012 at the time when the article printed.
Strickland believes Obama can remedy this free-for-all spending.

“It’s really important that President Obama is re-elected,” Strickland said. “He will fight that movement.”

For as much as Strickland favors Obama, a stark contrast arises when he contemplates Romney’s platforms.

“I fear that Mitt Romney will take us back to the Bush policies that led us to this recession,” Strickland said, referring to the stock market and housing market plummeting while oil prices and consumer good costs soared.

Romney, according to Strickland, will also cut Medicare and Medicaid funding, privatize Social Security, eliminate scholarship opportunities while continuing to provide tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

“We didn’t get into the recession quickly, and we won’t get out of it quickly,” Strickland said.

Presently, Strickland is touring various areas in Ohio to enlighten people on Obama’s policies with concentrations on economic development, job creation, education and health care.

Strickland also keyed me in on what it’s like to be face-to-face with the president.

About three months ago, Strickland discussed political policies with Obama in Washington, D.C., during a lunch where staff served soup, salad and “really good bread.”

“He is very personable and makes you feel comfortable,” Strickland said.

Hopefully I experience a similar feeling in the coming months.

Strickland in Sandusky
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said he’ll come to Sandusky for an interview sometime later this summer.
The Register is inviting area residents to submit questions to ask Strickland, in regard to Obama’s campaign. Email all questions to reporter Andy Ouriel at


Each presidential election year the Register chooses two reporters to keep tabs on the national candidates and attempt to reel them in for a visit to our fine Northern Ohio home. This year reporter Andy Ouriel is following President Barack Obama's re-election campaign while reporter Emil Whitis gives his attention to the GOP race and candidate Mitt Romney. They update readers regularly on their progress in a series we call "Chasing the President."


2cents's picture

(Even though voters ousted Strickland for Republican Gov. John Kasich in November 2010, Strickland didn’t want to fade away from the government scene.)

Oh great, can't take a hint!

(“Our democracy is at risk,” Strickland said. “We have really powerful individuals and interest groups that can control the political agenda and can determine our public policy.”)  RE: ACORN!

And  they sit in the Whitehouse as I type!


Jane Goodall

Strickland and Obama fit right in with the Sandusky Register and the Sandusky community..  they will both lie to you and steal your money.  Good fit !


A nice guy, who like Jimmy Carter should stick to preaching as they are clueless about how to run a government.

Marcus M

6079 Smith W

 “We have really powerful individuals and interest groups that can control the political agenda and can determine our public policy.”

- Gov. Strickland.

And why is it Governor that 10 of the 15 wealthiest counties in the U.S. surround Washington, D.C.?

Reads like the REAL problem may be rich politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists livin' high off the hog on hard working American taxpayers.


No need to go see Pres. Obama, all he'll say is: "It's Bush's fault."

There, I saved you a useless trip to a boring and predictable speech.




2ents it is true Strickland got voted out.  In my area only 15% of the voting populace participated in the process. The cliche "We get the government we deserve," holds true.           It is important that more people vote.

Marcus M


"Celebrating Father’s Day early, the President Obama had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

The White House corrected the oversight and settled up the tab by the end of the business day."


 An example of a "stimulus" that failed and wasn't paid for....


Super Judge

This town does not deserve one second of MAster Romneys time! Everyone better show up and ask this man for your forgivness for voteing liberal and allowing unions in this town!

The Big Dog's back

 s j, You said it all for right wingers. "YOUR MASTER ROMNEY".

Second Opinion

The register no longer can claim they have no political connections to the left.



We are on opposite sides of the fence on numerous issues but I back you 100% in regards to voting.

This is our country. Voting is still a right. Don't take it for granted. If you don't vote don't complain about the state of our country. It's still in our power to change who makes decisions and what decisions they make.



The New World Czar

Ted Strickland, this is what the SR is striving for in an interview? Such high aspirations, LMAO.


If Barry shows up I'm selling my house!

Jane Goodall

re rick... you won't have to sell it... barry's gang plan on siezing it

FruGalSpender  a song about the sheep drinking koolaid who are both democrats and republicans.

FruGalSpender  lyrics for the song

1st verse
No sheep to the media, the TV’s on lock
Vaccines tainted, they modifying the crops
Slipping poison in the drinking water for a slow slaughter
Approving the sterilization for your grand daughters
Population control in effect on the low
GMO serving a different purpose than you all know
There will never be a cure for cancer within arms reach
Retention is key for the trillion dollar industry
And they’ll be damned if you messing with it
Buying anybody up who stands in the way and pay em to nestle with it
Can’t wrestle with the big boys in the summit
I stand to run from it, gain knowledge up in abundance
The economy collapse was in fact an attack
Strategically crashed, snatch the mass with a Power Grab
Financial demolition, get everyone on the system
Got you playing a game and you ain’t even know you in one

FruGalSpender    ron paul is the only choice. the people need to stop being sheep. ron paul warned us about the lies that led to the iraq war. now there are lies about iran. stop being staunch democrats and republicans and stop voting like sheep.

Free Man

Maybe he will visit NASA Plumbrook and see what a waste of tax payers money it is and shut it down for more usefull projects.

Free Man

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Hopefully, neither Romney or Obama will show up in Sandusky.  How would a visit end up benefiting Sandusky?  How would the security cost of having every available LEO on duty prior to and during the visit translate into a positive for Sandusky?

Either one of the candidates visiting Sandusky would be just another photo-op for them, and a cost sync for the city.


i would like to see ron paul or gary johnson come to sandusky instead of obama and romney.  i view staunch democrats and staunch republicans worse than being sheep. staunch democrats and staunch republicans are toilet heads watching and supporting their poopy butt headed candidates. toilet heads are worse than sheep.  


@Furgalspender.......I am with you   RON PAUL or Johnson, but not the other two idiots.  No way.  Not if we want to survive as free souls