Need to Know, August 31, 2012: A battle for votes in Ohio

This week’s host Jeff Greenfield

On this week’s episode, anchor Jeff Greenfield looks ahead to next week’s Democratic national convention in Charlotte. We report on efforts by Democrats to win the white, working-class vote in Ohio: a constituency considered key to carrying the state, and winning the election.

The in-studio interview from Tampa is with Walter Shapiro, who has covered American politics for more than four decades who writes for The New Republic, for the Columbia Journalism Review, and for Yahoo! News and Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner. He’s the author, most recently, of Obamanomics—a look at the President’s economic policy. Greenfield asks his guests about the democrats chances in Ohio and if the Republicans successfully made their case to voters following the republican convention.

Later, we take a look at the convention speeches that propelled unlikely candidates to the nomination — and even to the White House.

Read the full transcript of this week’s episode.

What’s on this week:

A battle for votes

Jeff Greenfield reports from Ohio on the Democrats’ efforts to win the white, working-class vote.

In-studio interview from Tampa

Walter Shapiro, who has covered American politics for more than four decades who writes for The New Republic, for the Columbia Journalism Review, and for Yahoo! News and Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner.

Convention speeches through history

A look back at convention speeches that propelled unlikely candidates to the nomination – and some to the Presidency.

Watch more full episodes of Need to Know.

 

Comments

  • Viviansoup

    I find it inconceivable that you devoted most of your half hour reporting on politics in Ohio without mentioning that Republicans in Ohio have organized to make it harder for democrats to vote  In the Sept. 3rd issue of the New Yorker,  Philip Gourevitch writes:  “Even before last week, Romney was lagging far behind Obama in polls of women voters.  He also found little support among Latinos, blacks and the young.  Rather than competing for those voters, however, Republican culture warriors have been competing against them, by making it harder for them to vote.  Before Akin got going on abortion in his interview, he spoke of the need to impose stricter voter-identification in the name of ferreting out voter fraud.  Charles Jaco, the interviewer, pointed out that the only instance of fraud ever documented in Missouri had occurred in 1936.  Akin didn’t care.  Stricter requirements were “really common sense”, he said.

    “In fact, such requirements, which have become a priority among Republican legislators across the country, stand to effectively disenfranchise millions of eligible voters, the vast majority of them in demographic groups that tend to support Democrats.  In the past year and a half, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, states have passed twenty-three laws limiting access to the polls.  In the swing state of Pennsylvania – which Obama won in 2008, and where there has been no evidence of voter fraud – a new law could disenfranchise nine percent of voters; in Philadelphia, the number could be twice as high.  And in Ohio, another swing state that went for Obama, a top adviser to John Kasich, the Republican governor, defended a decree that curtailed early voting, telling the Columbus Dispatch, “We shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban – read African American – voter-turnout machine.”

    On Friday, a Federal Court judge ruled against Ohio.  Similar laws have been passed in 35 states, in a coordinated effort to suppress voter turnout by minorities, the elderly and the young – primarily Democratic voters.  In Florida, laws have been passed to limit early voting days, especially the Sunday before Election Day when many Democrats vote.  The League of Women Voters suspended their voter registration drive last year because they were required to turn in the registration forms within 48 hours or face heavy fines.  A judge recently threw that out and the LWV has resumed their campaign but they state, “Much valuable time has been lost”.

    This is what your audience Needs to Know, so they can protest these illegal laws which effectively disenfranchise citizens.  I urge you to report on this in depth; it can make the difference in a close election.

  • Sgk_0013

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  • Patriot38

     For Viviansoup- There was voter fraud in
    Kansas City, Missouri on the North East side
    by a group of illegal Samolians recently. I
    realize that you are socialist by nature from
    your comments and I am a conservative.

    In my opinion, in a day and age of stricter
    ID requirements, such as to see your doctor
    to get on an airliner, or most anything else,
    it is ignorant to think that you wouldn’t
    need to have a photo ID to perform one of this
    nations most important functions, voting for
    a President or any other government office.
    It is not difficult to register to vote
    anyplace I have ever been, and most places
    the cost is minimal or none.

    The only reason the democratic socialist are
    so violently opposed to voter ID is because
    they can’t win in an honest election without
    resurrecting the dead and buying votes of the
    poor and illegals. They operate on the premise
     that if they can get enough people to sign
     on to the welfare roles and become dependent
     upon the government for free assistance
    without turning a tap to earn a living and
    pay taxes, they will be a sure vote for those
    who are redistributing the wealth. This
    creates a welfare state and eventually leads
    to being a third-rate colony rather than a
    first rate sovereign republic and example for
    the rest of the world to follow; a lazy, fat
    bunch of misfits rather than a proud patriotic
    nation of people willing to work and sacrifice
    to get ahead. There is nothing wrong with
    working hard to improve your wealth and life
    style. I would wager you have never been offered
    a job by a poor person, if you have ever had a real job.

    The only restriction that voter ID requirements
    would have is directed at illegal voters.
    People should get over the belief that they
    are constantly being discriminated against,
    and realize that they are being manipulated
    by the socialists to become third-rate people,
    or basically slaves to the New World Order.

    I disagree with the Constitution that everyone
    should have a right to vote because there are
    a good many people who are not intelligent
    enough to do so, and others who don’t work or
    otherwise contribute to the welfare of the
    nation don’t deserve the privilege to vote.
    If you don’t contribute, you should have no
    voice in the general operation of the
    government. I go along with allowing these
    people to vote only because I believe that
    the Constitution is the Law of the Land; I know
    this is contrary to the socialist beliefs, but I
    tolerate it because it is my country, and my
    Constitution, and I believe it is the right
    thing to do. My country has been brainwashed
    into lacking tolerance the last few decades
    by those who are pushing for a socialist state!

    The government should be reduced in force
    by two-thirds and stick to doing only what
    the Constitution authorizes them to do. We
    should take care of the rest of the obligations
    ourselves. Government is just to powerful. A
    government cannot give anyone anything they
    have not first taken from someone else. Life
    and freedom are far from being free in spite
    of what you may have been taught in your liberal
    school! Many brave patriots have died or been
    injured in order to allow you to be coddled in the
    manner you appear to be living.

    This is what the legal citizens of the USA
    need to know, and those who come here illegally
    and those who are too lazy to work should
    go elsewhere. Those who are sick or disabled
    are not in this category and should be helped
    to recover or at least live as near a normal
    life as possible; those who elect to live on
    the welfare of others are not worth this help.
    There is a world of difference between giving
    a hand-up and giving a hand-out!

    A socialist nation is a failed nation. If the
    patriots of the USA sit on their butts and
    put up with this kind of crap, then they
    deserve what they get when the country fails.
    The easy way is not always the best way!

    In my opinion, in a day and age of stricter
    ID requirements, such as to see your doctor, or
    to get on an airliner, or most anything else,
    it is ignorant to think that you wouldn’t
    need to have a photo ID to perform one of this
    nations most important functions, voting for
    a President or any other government office.
    It is not difficult to register to vote
    anyplace I have ever been, and most places
    the cost is minimal or none.

    The only reason the democratic socialists are
    so violently opposed to voter ID is because
    they can’t win in an honest election without
    resurrecting the dead and buying votes of the
    poor and illegals.

    They operate on the premise
     that if they can get enough people to sign
     on to the welfare roles and become dependent
     upon the government for free assistance
    without turning a tap to earn a living and
    pay taxes, they will be a sure vote for those
    who are redistributing the wealth. This
    creates a welfare state and eventually leads
    to being a third-rate colony rather than a
    first rate sovereign nation and example for
    the rest of the world to follow; a lazy, fat
    bunch of misfits rather than a proud patriotic
    nation of people willing to work and sacrifice
    to get ahead.

    There is nothing wrong with working hard
    to improve your wealth and life style.  I would wager you have
    never been offered a job by a poor person,
    if you have ever had a job. We shouldn’t
    punish entrepreneurs for doing well! After
    all, they provide the jobs and take the financial
    risks!

    The only restriction that voter ID requirements
    would have is directed at illegal voters.
    People should get over the belief that they
    are constantly being discriminated against,
    because they aren’t, and realize that they
    are being manipulated by the socialists to
    become third-rate people, or basically slaves
    to the New World Order (the United Nations).

    I disagree with the Constitution that everyone
    should have a right to vote because there are
    a good many people who are not intelligent
    enough to do so. And others who don’t work or
    otherwise contribute to the welfare of the
    nation don’t deserve the privilege to vote.
    If you don’t contribute, you should have no
    voice in the general operation of the
    government. If you don’t bother to vote,
    then you don’t have the right to criticize! A
    government cannot give anyone anything they
    have not first taken from someone else.

    Life and freedom is far from being free in spite
    of what you may have been taught in your liberal
    school! Many patriots have died or been
    injured to allow you to be coddled in the
    manner you appear to be living.
    This is what the legal citizens of the USA
    should know, and those who come here illegally
    and those who are too lazy to work should
    go elsewhere. Those who are sick or disabled
    are not in this class and should be helped
    to recover or at least live as near a normal
    life as possible; those who elect to live on
    the welfare of others are not worth this help.
    If the patriots of the USA sit on their butts and
    put up with this kind of crap, then they
    deserve what they get when the country fails.
    The easy way is not always the best way!