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Welcome to The Journal Editorial Report I'm -- -- you go well all eyes were on Ohio this week as president Barack Obama and governor Mitt Romney both.
Hit the Buckeye State hard hoping to put its eighteen electoral votes into their column come November 6 the real clear politics poll average.
Shows the president widening his lead there but my guest this week says we shouldn't -- Mitt Romney off just yet Ohio governor John -- six.
Joins me now governor great to have you on the show welcome.
Thank you -- so.
The polls show that Mitt Romney is trailing how do you explain that.
And is is that true.
We know Paula I don't pay a lot of attention to polls because you know it depends when they take him with a sample looks like and everything else but I can tell you this these guys have been in Ohio so much I think they ought to start paying income tax cut and if in fact -- you know this thing -- -- -- close is close can be.
They both wouldn't be here -- -- I expect this to go right down to the wire -- no question about you know we're always a swing state it's going to be very close so.
The press Democrats are saying you know one of the big factors helping the president -- the auto bailout particularly in the northern part of the state does that is that how one of them one of the factors here you read that to help the president.
Well look we're up a 123000.
Jobs over the last day a year and three quarters and we're actually it according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics actually down 500 jobs auto jobs in Ohio really the situation is -- Chrysler has expanded.
But Ford and General Motors has shrunk their footprint and the look we're thrilled that -- we are stabilizing the auto industry out here and we're thrilled about that but.
Look of the 123000.
Jobs most of overcoming the biggest categories have been business services and and health care we are having some specialty manufacturing rebound.
-- but you know I I think it's kinda hard to argue.
That if in fact the Bureau of Labor Statistics says we are down.
A net 500 jobs that you can you know you can attach that to why were up 423000.
In Ohio is actually.
Doing much better.
One of the that one of your colleagues Ohio colleague speaker John Boehner had something to say about the polling and and the race in Ohio -- listen -- that get your reaction to it let's listen.
One of the things that probably works against Romney in Ohio's affected governor -- -- done such a good job.
Of of fixing big government regulations in the state attracting new businesses to the state so our unemployment rate.
In Ohio is lower than the national average matter of fact I think it's sort of -- full point lower than national average saw him.
As a result middle.
People are still concerned about the economy and jobs and -- -- but it certainly isn't like you -- in some other states.
No question -- unemployment rate seven point 2%.
National rate eight point 1% but is the paradox here that that John Kasich the Republican governor is helping.
President Obama win reelection.
You know I -- Paul I think that you know that's I don't I don't accept that I mean the fact of the matter is number one it's hard to defeat an incumbent president.
Two Ohio is always been a swing state and number three.
You know in order for Mitt Romney to do better he's got to be here more.
I mean -- this situation is we are doing better here I mean we went from 89 cents in a rainy day fund to a half a billion the loss of 400000 jobs up 123.
A balanced budget and all that so people are feeling better here.
But we have the wind and our face I mean you know the uncertainty of the felt threatened tax increases more regulations.
The big debt hanging over our head I got the wind in my face all the time -- as I say.
If I want to get the wind at my back you know Mitt Romney's got to be elected president because the uncertainty is paralyzing -- Lower unemployment than the national average sure -- and -- haven't heard him do that.
Well I've seen him do it and I've been with -- a number of times where he's talked about the fact that look.
Paul you know -- of the the philosophy in the policies we pursued out here.
Are not much different than what I saw Ronald Reagan do when when I was a member of congress and he was president.
We balanced the budget it was real we reduce taxes we reduce marginal rates on income taxes we killed the death tax.
We have our regulatory environment under control it's not that we don't have any regulations but they're not duplicative and they're not great -- don't lack common sense.
And those are the things that we have to do to get to get America moving again.
So I I think that and that's what Romney talks about lower taxes smaller government better regulations.
You know when I see him do that I I feel pretty good about because they think he's on the right path.
You may just not hear it through the megaphone of the national media but -- when I'm with them I hear him do that -- should do it more you know -- Paid attention duration 2010 you ran against -- candidates who ran a campaign very much like the president is that Ted Strickland -- -- coming governor class war soak the rich it's tried to associate you with Wall Street in the big banks and but you beat -- How how can Mitt Romney beat her campaign like that in Ohio.
He's gotta be here Paul you know whatever I see him -- you know he was in my hometown that not long ago.
And I get an overflow crowd that was just amazing I I've I mean I've been around a lot of national campaigns.
When you're out with him you see the enthusiasm.
So look the most important thing for candidate running for president.
Is set to to get people to understand that he understands their problems -- she understands their problems and knows how to fix them.
You know as Jim Rhodes you know the four term governor of Ohio used to say about the wall -- all that matters in Ohio at the end of the day.
Is the size of this -- if it's getting fatter and people working they're gonna do well and if it's smaller they're not gonna do so well and -- just needs to keep making that case it needs to be back here it is often as he possibly can't so people concealed.
Know and and -- conclude that he not only understands their problems.
But he has a way of fixing them.
OK governor thanks so much for being here I assume we'll see governor Romney and you on the trailing in Ohio law.
All the way till the finish line -- right better.
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