Romney was at one of the nerve centers for the campaign to pass the Issues. CNN’s Peter Hamby asked a simple question: Did he support them?
If you listen to the media, Tuesday’s election were a mixed bag nationally and a disaster for Republican the ever crucial swing state of Ohio due to voters overturning limitations placed on collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers, which was passed by the legislature earlier this year.
Democrats and labor unions raised some $30 million trying to defeat the effort. Passage of the referendum is certainly bad news for Ohio taxpayers, who will no doubt be hit with the ever-expanding costs of public-sector salaries and benefits.
What has gone under-reported is that Ohioans voted overwhemling against the individiual mandate, a central piece of ObamaCare, by supporting a separate ballot measure:
Voters in Ohio approved a measure Tuesday night disapproving of President Obama’s healthcare law.
Mitt Romney, who many believe is the inevitable Republican nominee, just keeps burning bridges with conservatives. We’ve explained them here over the course of the last year, so there is no need to go back over them.
But with labor unions becoming a target for many conservatives, and rightfully so, after the reasonable measures pushed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker earlier this year and the Boeing debacle in South Carolina, it’s an incredibly dumb move to snub the party’s base. Yet Romney did just that yesterday by declining to endorse or even give a position on a ballot measure in Ohio that would limit the collective bargaining rights of public-sector workers:
Mitt Romney stopped in Ohio today, where polls show him competitive with Herman Cain in the March 2012 primary. He stopped by a Republican phone bank where volunteers were drumming up support for two ballot measures — one of them a national cause celebre for the left. Issue 2, if passed, would affirm the collective bargaining reform Republicans pushed through this year. The measure is on the ballot because unions want to beat it, and overturn the law, and polling suggests that they can. Issue 3, if passed, would prevent Ohio from participating in any health care mandate — federal, state, whatever.
A day after again declining to back a very reasonable ballot measure in Ohio that would limit the collective bargaining rights of public-sector workers and getting under the sking of many grassroots conservatives, Mitt Romney changed his tune yesterday:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday strongly endorsed an antiunion law in Ohio after declining to do so while visiting the Buckeye State a day earlier.
On a campaign stop here, Romney maintained that he does in fact support Republican Gov. John Kasich and his efforts to retain a law that limits collective bargaining by Ohio’s public employee unions. A state ballot measure backed by labor would repeal the law. “I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard.,” Romney said on Wednesday.
The former Massachusetts governor maintained on Wednesday that when he dodged questions about the collective bargaining ballot measure in Ohio, he thought he was sidestepping a question about another issue on the state ballot—a challenge to the individual health care insurance mandate.
He said, “I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard. I fully support Gov. Kasich—I think it’s called Question 2 in Ohio. I fully support that. Actually, on my website, back as early as April, I laid out Question 2 and Gov. Kasich’s efforts to restrict collective bargaining in Ohio in the ways he’s described, so I fully support that.
Following on the heels of Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH), who recently proclaimed that Republicans and the tea party movement of “act[ing] as if they don’t like America very much,” comes this comment by Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party:
As the United Steelworkers union was announcing its endorsement for a number of Ohio Democrats, including Gov. Ted Strickland, Chris Redfern used a variation of the F-word to describe opponents to his party’s agenda.
A NEWS9 reporting crew was invited into the union hall in Clarington for the endorsement announcement, and the camera was rolling as Redfern leveled the expletive at critics in the Tea Party, who, in his words, believe health care is a privilege, not a right.
“If your kids are going to graduate from college, now he or she gets health care, your heath care, while he or she looks for a new job,” Redfern said. “It’s in the very base terms we win these arguments. Every time one of these (expletive deleted) says, excuse my language…”
Here is the video:
During a recent campaign stop, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) laid into Republicans and the tea party movement in an angry rant, accusing them of “act[ing] as if they don’t like America very much” and “want[ing] to change our Constitution.”
In case you haven’t caught the video, here it is:
Since Ohio ranks at the bottom of the list in practically every ranking for a business-friendly state, I’m pretty sure neither party for the last 20 years gets this either.
But, our people get it. They say – “Government I don’t need anything from you. I just need to be left alone for my business to succeed. Get out of my hair.”
So Governor Strickland – how are these key principles [limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets] so radical?
I would consider these American values, but if you want to declare war on the American value system. Who am I to stand in your way.