Need to Know, August 24, 2012: The battle for Ohio

This week's host Jeff Greenfield

Need to Know airs a special edition from Tampa, the site of the GOP national convention. Host Jeff Greenfield will report on Republican efforts to carry Ohio, a state deemed critical to their chances of winning.

The New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy, who has written extensively about politics and the economy, is interviewed. Greenfield also contributes an essay about Ohioans who became president – often with disastrous results.

Read full transcript.

What’s on this week:

The battle for Ohio

Jeff Greenfield reports on Republican efforts to carry Ohio, a state deemed critical to the GOP’s chances of winning.

Interview: John Cassidy

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy, who has written extensively about politics and the economy.

Jeff Greenfield on Ohio’s presidential past

A look about Ohioans who became President — sometimes with disastrous results.

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Comments

  • Nephties1

    That women is an idiot!  She supports those morons who would put her in a berka and a harem!

  • Anonymous

    Nice try, your attempts to distract won’t work, Obama’s U6 Unemployment is over 15%

  • Port2326

    Taxpayers paid for it??? Really??? The minimization of the role of government – actually the collaboration of ‘big government’, academia, and the private sector – by the folks that comprise the current republican party astounds me. The United States level of wealth would have been impossible without that collaboration. The private sector is risk adverse. Governments role in our economy is to take on that risk and provide vision for the private sector for the ultimate benefit of the private sector and the nation as a whole. Does that women ‘entrepreneur’ think the private sector would have built the massive hydropower and electrical grid system that her business relies on? Put a man on the Moon (and the trillions of residual economic benefits that effort provided)? Built our massive highway system? California’s aqueduct system that has paid for itself 100 times over? Fought and won two world wars? Land the mars rover (or all the residual technological advances that will provide for the private sector)?  Her lack of understanding of the intertwined role of government, the private sector, and academia points to the reason for our decline – determine ignorance of what got us here in the first place. A case study is the meteoric rise of China’s economy. Think that was due to a lack of involvement by ‘big government’? GROW UP!!!

  • E. Nowak

    GJPinks:  where are you getting your statistics?   Fox News?   According to the latest statistcs (8/3/12),  the unemployment rate was 8.3%.    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

    Considering that when Obama took office the country was losing 1million jobs a month  – because of the economic meltdown —  (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000)  you should be thanking your lucky stars that things have stablized under Obama, and that employment is improving.