Obama's lead over Romney slipping in Ohio
Gov. John Kasich reacts to new polling in key swing state
- Duration 5:26
- Date May 24, 2012
Gov. John Kasich reacts to new polling in key swing state
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But just in from three key battleground states showing President Obama -- likely Republican opponent.
Governor Mitt Romney but the president's lead and all three states it's Ohio Florida and Virginia.
Is now getting closer Marist poll now the president is up by six in Ohio 4842.
There in March that same poll had him up by twelve in the Buckeye State.
When you look at the real clear politics average all the polls put together that race is very tight it shows the president -- four point.
Ohio's governor's in the house today John Kasich Republican from the Buckeye State how you doing governor good morning to you what do you make of that.
Did you change -- little -- every day look at Florida yesterday Romney was at six this poll suggested Obama is up two to -- what do you think.
I think it's too early to spend a lot of time thinking about it and I think at the end of the day the election is -- -- is going to be very very close some in the country's very divided.
And it's gonna come down really bill it's gonna come down to which guy makes the best case about jobs and economic security -- on that point then having I think governor Romney's doing.
Well I mean.
That did the debate is going on right now what Obama -- gonna president Obama's gonna say is look I inherited a mess and things are getting better and the governor Romney's gonna say what -- he had four years and things really didn't get really improve very much if I were there.
And if I'm going to be there I'm going to fix it significantly.
And people in the living room you're gonna sit there and say you know honey.
What do you think and that's what's gonna come down to.
In Ohio specifically you're -- ten point 6% unemployment in July 2000.
You've come down significantly seven point 4% as of April 2012 which I know -- hang your hat on what you like to get a lot better too.
That may help you could also hurt it Romney.
Well look -- economy improves it certainly helps incumbent but put anybody who would be rating rooting against improved economies got something wrong with them.
Mean we're not in this business to you know -- to try to root for failure for my Stater for the country so.
Look at the end of the day we're still high.
-- the policies that we've enacted since I -- enemy we were you know 9% -- seven point 4% unemployment where you went from 48 in the country and job creation to number six now number one in the midwest.
Is because we've enacted a lot of policies here.
That are very similar to the policies -- Mitt Romney -- carry out bill mean we balanced our budget we -- eight billion in the hole.
We cut taxes are credit improve when America was being downgraded ours went up it's because the legislature and I put together really good plan.
And that people feel comfortable investing and.
Ohio now you know and I know you like to talk a lot about bringing jobs back and it's a huge challenges you -- so -- manufacturing jobs over the past.
Twenty years and 07 before really fell out.
We were in Stark County Ohio two weeks ago you analyze it well though northeastern part of the state two years ago they were thirteen point two -- They're down around eight point three right now which is still a bit higher than the national average that this is my sense what I came away from from reporting on that story.
It was bad.
It's got a little better.
And is that good enough to more essential question.
Well look I mean you just don't dig yourself out of a hole overnight and is that good enough for people to say Obama should be the president should be reelected.
I'm not sure that.
I mean if I'm not I'm not fortune teller what I can tell you bill is as things get -- benefits an incumbent but things are not dramatically better and people are uncertain.
People are worried about what's gonna happen with their kids get the job once -- graduate from college is my stop is my spouse gonna be rehired.
There is great anxiety out there -- the only thing I talk about a jobs because that's a great moral issue and Ohio but somebody working and -- they secure for tomorrow what is your sense of the level of trauma.
American families have gone through -- well it's terrible.
I mean people you know their housing values have dropped the they don't and -- some of them.
They went from one job to another where their income was economy in the middle class is under great pressure.
And so as we get brighter in Ohio as things improve in Ohio you can feel certain optimism.
But is it something -- people or popping champagne corks the answer is no but there is absolutely.
A growing sense of optimism in Ohio and not just related to manufacture remember in Stark County a lot of what you saw was improvement caused by energy.
Energy bill -- and they start to take out a little Wall Street Journal writing about that today.
But I find that those companies at a Texas and Louisiana.
Are bringing their employee now is out of the south you know what I tell and and they've yet to really -- into the local market and higher -- well that that you know the explosion of hiring hasn't happened yet but you know what I tell these companies that I meet with all of them.
We don't want any foreigners working on the drill rigs and I said you -- to foreigner is somebody from West Virginia Kentucky.
Michigan and Texas you we want Ohio -- and we're and we're look we're training Ohio wants to work there.
So bill it's going to be a benefit to the state but we are creating a diversified economy in Ohio.
The point though about the presidential -- -- told governor Romney.
We're doing what you say you want to do and if you do it in Washington Ohio will do so much better because the wind is in our face because of the uncertainty out of Washington.
Higher taxes Obama care.
People don't know what's gonna happen and when people don't know they don't do anything government agency we'll talk again and be with you the.