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Voters Want a Champion
Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2012 | Salena Zito

Posted on 08/19/2012 4:25:06 AM PDT by Kaslin

BEALLSVILLE, Ohio – Seventy-plus men walked out of the ground, overalls and hardhats covered in coal dust, and onto the risers of a stage built for a Mitt Romney speech.

To onlookers, mostly press and staffers, the image was stunning.

To the 2,600 family members gathered in the gravel parking lot or under tents, eating hotdogs and drinking pop, it was a moment of immense pride.

This is what we do, said Tim Wiles: “We make things. We provide energy for the state, food for our families, and businesses are sustained around the county because they make money from us.”

The 54-year-old miner added, after listening to Romney, “This election is his and Paul Ryan’s for the taking. They need to be bold and remind people of what we stand for, that we are the backbone of this country.”

“America still is that competitive frontier,” said Josh Kinney, 32, standing beside him.

Energy issues have played a large part in driving dissatisfaction with President Obama in Ohio. For some, it is an economic issue; jobs are at stake. However, for even more folks, oil and coal are priorities and values.

“Ohioans think of themselves as explorers and inventors,” said Curt Nichols, a Baylor University political science professor. “And they have come to question the priorities of decision-makers in Washington when they aren't allowed to reap the natural harvest under their feet.”

How much of this dissatisfaction can be turned into votes for Romney depends on how well Romney can establish himself as the champion of these swing voters.

They want to know, will Romney fight for them? And, if they place their faith in him, is he going to be a winner?

How important is Ohio? If money is any indicator, both campaigns have spent small fortunes on political ads in the state this summer.

Ohio has voted for the winner of every presidential election since World War II except in 1960, when it chose Richard Nixon over Jack Kennedy. It is the quintessential bellwether state, earning the motto, "As goes Ohio, so goes the nation."

Nichols said many analysts believe Romney cannot win the election without carrying Ohio, “a state George W. Bush won only by about 200,000 votes in 2004.”

Democrats find their strongest support in Ohio along Lake Erie – basically, from Toledo to Cuyahoga County and Cleveland. Republicans maintain a stronghold in the Cleveland suburbs of Geauga County.

Democrats also are strong along the Pennsylvania border around Youngstown. And they recently turned Columbus into a blue island in the red sea of central and western Ohio, where Republican support is the strongest.

“The energy-rich hills of southeastern Ohio are traditionally competitive grounds for both parties,” Nichols said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson is a Republican representing the 6th Congressional district that makes up most of that southeastern Ohio territory that has been held historically by larger-than-life Democrats such as former congressman and governor Ted Strickland.

According to Johnson, the region is swinging strongly for Republicans this time.

“They are unhappy and disconnected by the policies of the president,” he said of voters there.

He points to the health-care law and the stealth cap-and-trade regulations on the coal and natural gas industries – issues on which he won a surprise victory over then-congressman Charlie Wilson in 2010 – as still fierce motivators to vote Republican.

Romney will not be able to simply rely on such extreme dissatisfaction to drive swing voters into his camp. Ohio voters are dissatisfied enough with Obama to cost him the state; however, they are not yet sold sufficiently on Romney to indicate to pollsters whether they will make the switch in November.

In short, a bad economy has provided Romney the opportunity to upset Obama. Now, he has to seize it.

To do so, Romney must find a way to connect with working men and women of America, said Nichols.

“He cannot rely on economics or policy disagreements to drive dissatisfaction,” he explained. “Rather, Romney must exude the kind of command presence and confidence that converts potential supporters into followers.”

His conclusion: If Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, “convince the disaffected working folks of Ohio that Romney is going to win, he probably will


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; barackobama; elections; jobsandeconomy; mittromney; obama; oh2012; paulryan; romney; swingstates

1 posted on 08/19/2012 4:25:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Miners actually publicly supporting Romney, eh? Someone on Planet Obama has got to be having a heart attack right about now.


2 posted on 08/19/2012 4:27:43 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

They supported Bush as well.


3 posted on 08/19/2012 4:29:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Spktyr

Miners either support Romney or they support unemployment.

It’s just that simple.

In fact it’s that simple for the whole country.


4 posted on 08/19/2012 4:31:03 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

This is why Zero’s going to lose this election. We have a population out there wanting to work, and not be told by the government that they can’t.


5 posted on 08/19/2012 4:31:23 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin

And Ohio was correct in choosing Nixon in 1960. TX and IL electoral votes were stolen for JFK that year by the kind of vote fraud that LBJ and Richard Daley were famous for.

If the GOP doesn’t have safe-guards in place for November, they are too stupid to lead this country.


6 posted on 08/19/2012 4:49:52 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Spktyr
With that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave closing the mines that should not surprise you. Don't tell me you are not aware of this?

OhioAmerican closing Jefferson County mine, blaming Obama administration ‘war on coal’

Crony Capitalism and Obama's Anti-Coal Crusade

Thanks Barack… 3 West Virginia Coal Plants to Close

Promise Kept: Coal Mine Closes, Says Obama’s Regulations to Blame

Ohio Coal Mine Closes, Specifically Cites Obama’s War on Coal

Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

Obama Coal Crackdown Sends Message to Industry

EPA Regulation Closes 5 Coal Plants

Jefferson Co. mine shutting down; Officials cite Obama's 'war on coal'

Ohio coal mine shuts down, Obama blamed

7 posted on 08/19/2012 4:55:59 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
BEALLSVILLE, Ohio – Seventy-plus men walked out of the ground, overalls and hardhats covered in coal dust, and onto the risers of a stage built for a Mitt Romney speech.

To onlookers, mostly press and staffers, the image was stunning.

To the 2,600 family members gathered in the gravel parking lot or under tents, eating hotdogs and drinking pop, it was a moment of immense pride.

This is what we do, said Tim Wiles: “We make things. We provide energy for the state, food for our families, and businesses are sustained around the county because they make money from us.”

The Romney & Ryan campaign should use this in some ads. It's an important part of the "we did build it" truth. Even reading the description of the miners coming up on stage made my heart beat a little faster.

8 posted on 08/19/2012 5:00:39 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Kaslin

On a related note, I went to a child’s birthday party recently. The host told me that he had trouble getting the balloons for the party because, apparently, helium is being rationed now, due to Obama’s war on domestic energy sources. I guess helium is a byproduct of oil and gas drilling.


9 posted on 08/19/2012 5:21:26 AM PDT by Walrus (Restoring America starts today! Let's roll!)
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To: Kaslin
Voters Want a Champion

Are you kidding? Voters want leatherface on his 8th cup of espresso. Bring out the chainsaw and let him go at the budget.

10 posted on 08/19/2012 5:25:45 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Walrus

Am pretty sure helium comes from one source in USA, Amarillo, Texas. Its reported to be getting low. Another source is Russia.

Never heard of stripping helium from natural gas wells, production is run through so many widespread plants (unlike oil refineries) its unlikely if any helium exists the plants have the technology to separate it before the gas goes to homes.


11 posted on 08/19/2012 5:55:56 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

BLM says:

“Helium is commercially recovered from natural gas deposits mostly from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. That’s where BLM New Mexico comes in. We operate and maintain the only government helium storage reservoir and pipeline system in the country. The Amarillo Field Office is responsible for the conservation and sale of helium for government use.”

http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/energy/helium.html


12 posted on 08/19/2012 6:12:26 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: txrefugee

TX and IL electoral votes were stolen for JFK that year by the kind of vote fraud that LBJ and Richard Daley were famous for.

I just looked at the 1960 electoral map and it looks like a guy named Byrd also screwed up the election. It would have been nice not to ever have Nixon as President. He was like Bush big government...EPA anyone?????


13 posted on 08/19/2012 8:39:39 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Did not know that. It does makes sense, rather than one big underground deposit.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 10:30:56 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

The thing that bugs me is that the gummint was selling the stuff off.


15 posted on 08/19/2012 1:20:57 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Kaslin

I am aware of that. I am also aware that the miners and their unions have largely supported the Democrat candidate in the last few Presidential elections. They certainly haven’t gone up on stage with the Republican candidate to express their support.


16 posted on 08/19/2012 2:23:28 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin

Voters Want a Champion
_______________________________

You bet we do...

But I’d settle for someone fit to run at this point...

Know anyone ???


17 posted on 08/19/2012 4:04:31 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Kaslin
>”Ohio has voted for the winner of every presidential election since World War II except in 1960, when it chose Richard Nixon over Jack Kennedy”<

Since Richard Nixon actually WON the 1960 Presidential Election, Ohio has an unblemished record. Too bad Democrat Voter Fraud cost Nixon the Presidency as well.

18 posted on 08/19/2012 4:40:32 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

To the Chinese no doubt. What the hey, they pay off Dem politicans very well.


19 posted on 08/19/2012 4:48:49 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt
To the Chinese no doubt.

And now they are letting them buy up all the minerals and oil they can all over the world. Obama is making it harder for us to succeed.

20 posted on 08/19/2012 5:25:14 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

When your house is ablaze are you going to refuse to throw water on the fire because you don’t like the color of the bucket?


21 posted on 08/20/2012 10:56:43 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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