The battle for Ohio

Historically, Ohio is known as the “Buckeye State,” but for presidential candidates looking to secure a place in the White House, the state’s nickname could be the “make-it-or-break-it state.”

No Republican candidate has won the presidency without carrying Ohio since the election of Abraham Lincoln. And from the election of 1904 through that of 2004, the candidate who won Ohio won the presidency 24 out of 26 times.

Need to Know host Jeff Greenfield toured the Midwestern battleground to see what the GOP’s chances will be in Ohio this time around.

 

Comments

  • Keith in NYC

    William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia. Virginia has had 8 presidents and is more often called the mother of the nation than Ohio.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, just what I needed, more interviews with ignorant voters.

    Almost never do they have anything interesting to say, just talking points fed to them by their manipulators.

    Personally, I don’t think we have much of a choice between these two parties and these two presidential candidates (although the rage against Obama on the Right is ridiculous – he’s such a centrist, with his Heritage Foundation Health Plan and tough-guy stance on military/security matters).  Both major parties are in the pockets of Big Money.  They have to play a populist tune, especially the Dems, but they really look out for the big boys.  It’s pretty obvious with the Republicans, but also the case for the Dems.  For example, the Obama administration is quietly pushing the worker-unfriendly, undemocratic Trans-Pacific Partnership, dubbed “NAFTA on steroids.” 

    Until we get preference voting, which both major parties oppose, we’re likely to get more of the same, not the hope and change we need.  With both parties ducking the developing climate catastrophe, this is very disturbing.  

  • 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…

  • 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!!!

  • http://cynicalpharmacist.blogspot.com The Cynical Pharmacist

    Also, dying from pneumonia is NOT due to not using an overcoat and being cold. It’s caused by a bacterial, viral or other type of infection.