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Big #OIHO newspaper endorses Romney; Gov. Kasich deserves re-election: 52% of likely voters

October 29, 2012

A few notes from the ground in #OIHO–

52% of likely voters think Ohio Governor John Kasich deserves a second term:

WASHINGTON — One year after Ohio voters dealt John Kasich a crushing blow by repealing his signature anti-union law, the Republican governor is showing some resiliency, according to a new Cincinnati Enquirer/Ohio News Organization poll.

More than half of those surveyed – 52 percent – said Kasich “deserves a second term,” while 37 percent said he did not. The governor’s overall approval rating was 56 percent, up from 52 percent in a September Ohio Newspaper Organization poll.

“The last two polls represent good news for Governor Kasich,” said Eric W. Rademacher, co-director of the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research, which conducted the survey. “He will look to build on this as his first term winds down.”

Read the rest.

Then Cincinnati’s biggest newspaper, The Enquirer, has endorses Mitt Romney for President:

Romney’s plans for recovery revolve around the economic principles of reducing government regulation, cutting corporate taxes and opening more global markets. It’s an approach consistent with who Mitt Romney is – a businessman and a moderate conservative who doesn’t believe so much in government’s making things happen as he does in lifting government interference so they can happen.

On foreign policy, he would maintain the withdrawal schedule in Afghanistan and tough sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. He’s proposed increasing the size of the military by 100,000 troops, but he’s abandoned the tough, warlike talk of George W. Bush in favor of a more diplomatic approach.

If Romney can stabilize and expand the U.S. economy, his greatest foreign policy contribution could be employing reinvigorated U.S. economic muscle to influence the global economy.

This is a precarious time for America. We’d expect a President Romney to lead toward the center, to resist the calls for a hard turn to the right that are sure to come from within his party.

Read it all.

-R.J.Lower

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