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Ohio is one of the most crucial states in the country right now -- major national implications today.
President Obama Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama will be campaigning -- Why well because no president.
Has won the White House without first Ohio.
So the race for the governor seat between incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican congressman John -- -- is crucial joining me now is congressman John visit.
We reached out by the way to governor -- office and he declined to join us this morning good morning Thompson.
Or you I'm doing well so what an intense race.
You are in the mixed up as we said President Obama will be there for -- eleventh trip.
Today and of course that's because Ohio and -- -- in particular.
Is seen as a Bellwether.
Four -- -- 2012.
Presidential race of do you us though you're running against.
Governor Ted Strickland or is this a referendum on President Obama.
Well I think it is a referendum on Obama but I'm -- and against the twins which is both Obama and Ted Strickland I mean both of them are.
Big taxes big government.
Lots of regulation.
And -- you know and and the traditional battle that they bring on class warfare which tries to separate people in.
It's just that's not very good but you know all the mentally though Alison -- I'm not really running against either problem they're kind of pounding me.
I'm running to get Ohio fixed because we've lost 400000 jobs and we've been sliding and I feel that if you know if I can win which I think I'm going to.
I'll be in a position be able to fix the state and then I'll have plenty to say about who's gonna be the president in 2012100.
Well there's been more -- more money more effort spent against me than any candidate in America because Ohio is ground zero it's just that simple.
Well speaking of class warfare.
Governor Strickland has a new ad out that paints you as basically a callous.
Wall Street type of former Lehman executive who who doesn't care about the little guy so let's take a look at that -- that we'll get your response.
Congressman John -- outsourced our jobs and make millions in bonuses on Wall Street.
Now Casey wants to use our tax dollars to bring his corporate friends to Ohio to -- in charge of jobs -- We won't have to pay restrictions -- -- and you're all familiar.
We will not farther -- A Wall Street CEOs being.
Secret bonuses and isn't that what got us into trouble in the first place this kind of we just can't trust John casing.
NASA -- are kind of a bad word what's your response to proceed well yeah you know first of all my father was a mailman and my mother and father always taught me that you work hard you can get ahead secondly.
I had did work at -- I was one of 700 managing directors and a 30000 person office so and I worked in Columbus, Ohio.
Look they have been smearing me since made the first I mean their entire campaign has been attacks.
And innuendoes that's what it's been but you know if you lose 400000 jobs and young people leave the state in your entrepreneurs lead the state you attack and tried to change the subject.
It hasn't been successful because we focused on it not let them change the subject.
Hear what I'm most concerned about the reason why I left the private sector to go back and the politics is because Ohio has been good to me I wanna be good to Ohio but.
The role the example that we said in Ohio about -- government as a last resort.
Tax cuts for for small businesses and people bringing common sense the regulations this is an example to commit I think inspire the rest of the country.
I was the chairman of the Budget Committee in Washington and we went from deep deficits the big surpluses with.
When I was -- chief architect of the budget plan and we is that the fix Ohio.
Mobile comes I wanna get more specific about that and dig a little deeper because as -- said 400000.
Jobs in your state.
Have been lost Ohio has double digit unemployment higher than the national average so what specifically would you do about jobs.
You know it's it's back to the old Reagan formula and a formula that serve the country well.
We -- we're viewed as the 44 best place to do business and -- that's really pathetic.
And 41 states have performed better than us during this recession.
So what we would really like to do is to make that make it more comfortable for business to come to Ohio because they can make a profit and by the way.
The Ohio chamber of commerce endorsed my candidacy for governor it's the first time they have done that in 117.
And -- small business community has endorsed me as well you know we're at a crossroads out here that we don't want to lose the heartbeat of America and I think that's why people are stepping up and doing unprecedented things to say.
We need to go back to that old formula.
Of government as a last resort in more money in people's pockets.
-- comes to your response to a rally that your opponent held this potential copy.
There basically it was it was a rally while mom some gun enthusiasts and one -- they staffers to Ted Strickland.
As he greeted some of the people of the rally said he wants to make sure that.
John you know is that southern Ohio is not safe for him.
How do you interpret that message.
Well I don't pay much attention to that but the people that are around -- have to pay attention and I'm very comfortable with the people that.
That looked after me but let me say one thing about guns I am a very strong Second Amendment advocate this is another case.
Where my record's been distorted I am a person personally a gun owner my wife and I have a -- in our homes so.
That that's what's most important in terms of all these other things it's it's a very tense atmosphere driven by a by my opponent but I don't pay much attention to that but the people around me that's their job.
Congressman John -- sick thanks so much for joining us that your plan for -- -- Thank you very much.
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