Race of the Day

Race of the day: Strickland vs. Kasich for Ohio governor

Two veteran Ohio politicians face off in a battleground state that has been devastated by job losses

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DEMOCRAT

Ted Strickland

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REPUBLICAN

John Kasich

Basic Info:Gov. since '07; former U.S. Rep;
Age: 69
Investment banker, former U.S. Rep.;
Age: 58
Issues:
  • Supports Obama health-care plan
  • Earns straight "A"s from NRA
  • Wants to maintain current tax rate and cut spending
  • Wants to see "Obamacare" repealed
  • Regrets vote to ban assult rifles in '94
  • Wants to lower taxes and cut spending
Polling At:44%48%
Campaign Chest:$6.2 million$5.2 million
Key Quote:"My opponent worked on Wall Street while I was here in Ohio fighting to create jobs."

"Our government is too clunky, too old, too tired, too big."

Petty Controversy:Prisoners in a work-inmate program used his home as a waystation for smuggling contrabandRipped for earning $50,000 a year to lecture four hours a month at Ohio State University
Wild card:Kasich has been out of Congress since 2000, making him difficult to associate with unpopular elements of Bush's legacy
Dueling Ads:"Truth":  Strickland argues that "Kasich and Wall Street" financially benefited by outsourcing jobs from Ohio"Record": Kasich denies he was a Wall Street bigwig and says Ohio has lost 400k jobs under Strickland leadership

Ted Strickland's "Truth":

John Kasich's "Record":

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