News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Lehmans


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Politics




Crowd and candidates battle in first Ohio Senate debate
Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel bring their heated campaign tone to the Clevland City Club.
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Josh Mandel (L) and Sherrod Brown trade barbs at there 1st debate in Cleveland. It was moderated by Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. (R)
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio’s U.S. Senate candidates took their election fight to Cleveland today for the campaign’s first debate. Incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and challenger, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel argued about jobs, taxes and truth at the Cleveland City Club. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the candidates are locked in one of the country’s most expensive and closely watched Senate races.

Highlights of the City Club debate

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (5:20)


COMPLETE CITY CLUB DEBATE

Other options:
MP3 Download (53:57)


The tenor of the Senate race’s negative campaign ads spilled over into the debate before 1,300 Brown and Mandel supporters in Renaissance Hotel ballroom. The spirited event was moderated by Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler and aired live on C-Span. Senator Brown touted his support of the middle class, veterans and auto workers, and he called Josh Mandel a dishonest politician.   

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/10/sherrod_brown_and_josh_mandel_2.html
“I’m proud to be endorsed by many newspapers around the state that didn’t endorse me in 2006. There papers don’t trust josh Mandel because he hired cronies to try to do his state treasurers job. They don’t trust him because he believes in the same trickle-down economics that got us into mess in the beginning. I believe you grow the economy by focusing on trade rule enforcement, one the auto rescue issues. This isn’t a game about personal gain, it’s about real people.”

Mandel: “You’re just heard why congress has a 10 percent approval rating, the lowest in the nation’s history.  It’s because Brown and other Washington politicians like to blame the problems one everyone but themselves. Brown says one thing in Ohio then a different thing in Washington. Six years ago he attacked his opponent for high unemployment rates, but today unemployment is higher. That year he attacked his opponent for hyper-partisanship, but he’s voted with President Obama 95 percent of the time.”

Auto industry bailout big topic in debate, campaign
Brown says the auto industry rescue wasn’t perfect, but was necessary to save thousands of auto industry jobs in Ohio and across the country.   Mandel maintains the bailout raised the national debt, and he would not have supported it because it cost some autoworkers their pensions.  Mandel blames the auto industry’s problems on Washington politicians like Brown.

“Bad energy, tax and regulatory policies, and then they try to take creadit for solving the problem. I would not have voted for that, I couldn’t have because it striped pensions from Delphi autoworkers and it cost mechanics and car salesmen in Ohio their jobs. I’ll do everything I can in Washington to grow the economy with strong manufacturing policy. But I’m not a bailout Senator, he’s the bailout Senator.”

Brown: “Josh, do you know about the Chevy Cruze and Eco? The steel is made in Cleveland, the transmission comes from Toledo and they build the engines in Defiance.  These are real jobs and real people, a big part of the reason the unemployment rate was over 10 percent and is now under seven.  It’s not good enough, too many people are still out of work, but we’re going in the right direction. You would be so out of step with Voinovich and LaTourette who voted for the auto rescue.”

Supporters of each candidates see the debate results differently
The candidates also sparred over familiar topics such as health care, foreign trade and debt tied to China.  After the debate, Brown supporter Neil Ginley of North Olmsted gave his candidate the win.

“Mandel seemed to be voicing the same answer to a lot of questions and avoiding answers to difficult questions, where Sherrod tried to attack the point being asked. Based on that I don’t see how anyone could not vote for Brown, he has endorsements across the isle, and seemed to have a better grip on what’s going on.”

On Mandel’s side, supporter Al Bota of Brecksville saw the debate differently.

“I thought he really got the point across that Brown, with his time in Washington, being responsible for part of the $5 trillion deficit. And we still don’t know what we got for that spending. Unemployment is still a problem, though it’s gone down in Ohio, but that’s partly because of the switch to Republican Governor Kasich’s policies.”

Race still close despite big spending
Polls show Brown leading Mandel by a few point, despite $20-million in super PAC money being spent in Ohio on ads attacking Brown. Mandel and Brown will debate again this Thursday in Columbus, and on October 25th in Cincinnati.

Listener Comments:

Corporations go bankrupt every day - they do not close down, they restructure, as this neo-democratic government did in their own special way. Much of GM's operations are in China, when in China a GM rep stated that their support for China will continue.
This administration states they helped save American jobs - they were not outsourced to China - it appears that if it weren't for China GM would not be in operation.
GM could have taken the bailout dollars, and restructured with private entities/sources, but in our remade America support of private equity/capitalism will never happen.



Posted by: greens gone on October 20, 2012 3:10AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University