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Ohio's Sen. Brown says he supports most Obama policies to help working families
Newly minted GOP rival Mandel says Brown is hyperpartisan supporter of the president
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
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Even before Josh Mandel won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown was the target of attack ads, portraying him as a creature of President Obama.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that Brown insists he’s his own man – and when he’s sided with the president, it’s on issues that are good for Ohio.

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Josh Mandel has been lining up his senatorial run against Sherrod Brown since weeks after he was sworn in as Ohio’s treasurer last year. Mandel says he did that because Brown is a hyperpartisan supporter of President Obama.

In a conference call with reporters today, Brown says he’s supported the president because he thinks the auto-bailout and other jobs and healthcare programs are good for working families. He also says he expects to campaign with President Obama this year, but will maintain his independence.

“I have supported most things the president has done; I disagree with him on some trade policies as I disagreed with President Clinton and President Bush. And I will continue to fight for fair trade in Ohio and fair trade nationally because to me that’s all about jobs. On the other hand, the president has supported a number of these trade enforcement actions which has led to jobs in Ohio.” 

The Ohio Senate race is expected to be one of the most expensive and closely watched in the country. Both Brown and Mandel already have raised nearly 10 million dollars combined. And that doesn’t include Superpac money that already has been targeting Brown. 


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