Politics & Policy

Ohio Gubernatorial Debate Liveblog Part II

8:25 – Question 5 for Kasich: Education? How to fund if not with property taxes?

8:26 – Kasich hits Strickland for throwing unfunded mandates at local schools. He says when you’re 46th away in America in putting dollars in the classrooms, you have to make Ohio #1. “We should be at the tail end of that, but we need to repeal unfunded mandates.” Talks about how schools should be able to work with one another, and wants to cut bureaucracy by operating schools more like a business. Hits school choice. Kasich is sounding like he has real plans.

8:27 – Strickland says there are no unfunded mandates in his model. “It’s designed to drive money into the classroom.” Says Ohio schools are 5th in the nation and number one in the Midwest. “We competed with 46 other states for ‘Race to the Top’ resources and were one of 12 to win.” Great, so he can get pork. Thinks his model is structurally constitutional. Says Ohio must take the burden off the local property tax payer. Drops some impressive figures and talks about property tax relief.

8:29 – Kasich says there’s no money in Strickland’s plan. Compares it to getting in a car to take a vacation when there’s no gas in the car. Talks about how so many of the mandates in the plan are unfeasible for kids.

Question 6 for Strickland: You barred any government office from signing a contract which purchases services outsourced to other countries. You’ve criticized your opponent for supporting NAFTA, yet you champion exports and jobs in Ohio driven by those same trade ingredients. You favor insourcing but not outsourcing. Is this fair trade?

8:30 – Strickland says it is fair trade. Wants to export products from Ohio, but not jobs from Ohio. Jobs ARE a product, Strickland. “I opposed NAFTA because I felt it was constructed in such a way that it was going to cost Ohio jobs. It has.” He’s sounding belligerent about NAFTA and China, and gets especially angry about Kasich not talking about China. The tone of this debate is getting nasty again.

8:31 – Kasich says Ohio’s lost five times as many jobs to other states as they have to other countries because “they’re not competitive.” Attacks Strickland for being inconsistent and says he doesn’t know how Strickland can stand where he is and honestly say he didn’t vote for trade with China and raise taxes, when he did. He says he wants “fair trade, not free trade,” then talks about how he helped steel companies to get “a breather” so they could get their act together before competing. Cites Ronald Reagan protecting Harley Davidson and then accuses “this administration” of not doing enough to stop China from manipulating currency.

8:33 – “Welcome to my world, congressman.” Strickland seems willing to bash his own party. Wonder if Obama will back out after hearing that his party dropped the ball on Chinese currency manipulation.

8:34 – Question 7 for Kasich: We’ve seen Ohio Department of Development’s work in action. How would your plan to privatize it have done a better job?

8:34 – Kasich says the Department of its Development sat on its hands with respect to jobs and didn’t even have a permanent director for 7 months. Technically true, but a little dodgy. “Our universities are a tremendous opportunity to commercialize items.” Talks about trying to search the country for opportunities to bring jobs to the state, and how Ohio can’t keep doing what it’s doing. “I will change that.”

8:36 – Strickland says that if Kasich had his way, there likely would have been no surviving auto industry in America. Talks about Chevy Cruze, and gets really angry. He’s looking at Kasich with pure venom. “People are working at that plant every day and you say the stimulus should not have been passed!” Getting self-righteous and bleeding heartedly belligerent again. “I don’t know what you think the President and our Democratic friends should have done. Most of the jobs we lost were lost during the Bush administration. The free fall has been stopped and all you and your friends want to do is criticize and say ‘no, no, no.’ I think the people in Ohio can tell the difference between the two of us.” YES WE CAN! YES WE–right.

8:37 – Kasich: “You’re like a broken record.” Talks about how Ohio has performed worse than 41 other states since Strickland has been governor. He really was good at parrying that, even though he went over.

8:38 – Question 8 for Strickland: How specifically would you help Ohio’s struggling cities?

8: 38 – Strickland says Ohio’s cities are vital to Ohio’s overall economy, and we can’t have a strong state without strong, healthy cities. Hits the hubs program again. Governor, your party is sabotaging your own program. He really is starting to sound like a broken record, and he’s stumbling on his answers again.

8:41 – Kasich says the reason people want him is because he knows how to make business better, which would help cities. “4 more years of tax and spend and regulate will not work. What we really need to do is set people free, set our entrepreneurs free to create jobs.”

8:41 – Strickland says, “What do I say about the endorsement of my opponent? They said ‘We’re endorsing John Kasich with trepidation.’” Says what’s important is ideas, what plans are. REALLY clumsy. He’s dropping like a rock.

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