Wednesday, October 04, 2006

You Suck! No, YOU Suck!

This was either a lot of fun to watch or a real pain in the ass. . . .

Candidates’ face-off is pointed, passionate, personal
Blackwell and Strickland sharply draw differences
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Joe Hallett and Mark Niquette

Displaying passion for their deeply different philosophical viewpoints, the two major-party candidates for governor confronted each other yesterday in a frank and intensely personal way.

Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell and Democrat Ted Strickland, both claiming to be the mainstream choice, went at it face to face in a nearly two-hour meeting with The Dispatch editorial board, at times seeming to forget everyone else in the room.

"I’ll be happy to let you talk if you let me talk," Strickland said at one point as the two repeatedly talked over each other.

Although both maintained measured tones, the candidates pressed each other from the outset, each seeking to define his opponent by the company he keeps. Blackwell said that labor union bosses would hold sway in a Strickland administration, particularly Ohio AFL-CIO President William Burga.

"They will be a real block in the efforts to implement change in the status quo," Blackwell said, referring to unions.

Strickland said Blackwell would render the governor’s office a captive of the religious right, including two of its most vocal leaders: the Rev. Rod Parsley, of World Harvest Church in southeastern Columbus, and the Rev. Russell Johnson, senior pastor of Fair- field Christian Church in Lancaster.

"They have been the backbone of his campaign so far," Strickland said. "He has chosen to associate himself with that particular faction within the Republican Party, and I think that’s why a lot of moderate Republicans have broken ranks with their party and chosen to support me in this election."

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