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00:00:01>> SUPPORT FOR THE STATEWIDE
BROADCAST OF "THE STATE OF OHIO"
00:00:08COMES FROM THE LAW OFFICES OF
PORTER, WRIGHT, MORRIS & ARTHUR
00:00:10LLP, HELPING BUSINESSES AND
INDIVIDUALS SOLVE COMPLEX LEGAL
00:00:15PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT OHIO, ACROSS
THE COUNTRY, AND AROUND WORLD.
00:00:19AND FROM THE OHIO EDUCATION
ASSOCIATION, REPRESENTING
00:00:24131,000 TEACHERS SUPPORT
PROFESSIONALS AND HIGHER
00:00:26EDUCATION FACULTY WHO ARE
WORKING FOR GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
00:00:29FOR EVERY CHILD.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR "THE
00:00:33STATE OF OHIO" IS MADE POSSIBLE
BY THE TECH OHIO AND THE
00:00:39LIBERALS ALL FOUNDATION.
-- LUBRIZOL FOUNDATION.
00:00:44CAPTIONED BY THE
NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE
00:00:46--WWW.NCICAP.ORG--
AS PRESIDENTIAL VISITS MOUNT AND
00:00:53LAWSUITS OVER ELECTION LAW
CHANGES PILE UP, EVER MORE
00:00:56ATTENTION IS BEING FOCUSED ON
SWING STATE OHIO.
00:00:59I WILL TALK TO TWO EXPERTS IN
POLITICAL SCIENCE ABOUT WHAT
00:01:03VOTERS THE CANDIDATES ARE
FIGHTING FOR AND HOW THEY CAN
00:01:06WIN THEM OVER.
ALL THIS WEEK IN "THE STATE OF
00:01:08OHIO."
WITH ONLY 40-SOME DAYS
00:01:11REMAINING TILL THE ELECTION, THE
MAJOR PARTY PRESIDENTIAL
00:01:15CAMPAIGNS SEEM TO BE MAKING SURE
OHIO IS ON THEIR WEEKLY TOURING.
00:01:18.
PRESIDENT OBAMA DID BACK-TO-BACK
00:01:21VISITS IN CINCINNATI AND
COLUMBUS ON MONDAY.
00:01:24ON HIS OHIO VISIT, MR. OBAMA
ANNOUNCED A U.S. TRADE CASE
00:01:29ACTION AGAINST CHINA WITH OF THE
WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION.
00:01:31THE CASE DEFINITELY HAS AN OHIO
IMPACT -- IT ALLEGES ILLEGAL
00:01:37CHINESE SUBSIDIZING OF ITS AUTO
AND AUTO-PART EXPORT INDUSTRIES
00:01:40HAVE COST THOUSANDS OF JOBS.
>> EARLIER THIS YEAR, I SET UP A
00:01:46NEW TASK FORCE TO GO AFTER EVERY
UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICE THAT HARMS
00:01:50OUR WORKERS.
IT IS ALREADY DELIVERING.
00:01:53TWO MONTHS AGO WE MOVED TO HOLD
CHINA CONABLE FOR UNFAIR TRADE
00:01:58PRACTICES THAT HARM AMERICAN
AUTOMAKERS.
00:01:59TODAY MY ADMINISTRATION IS
LAUNCHING A NEW ACTION AGAINST
00:02:04CHINA, THIS ONE AGAINST ILLEGAL
SUBSIDIES THAT ALLOW COMMITTEES
00:02:08TO SHIP AUTOPARTS AND JOBS
OVERSEAS, WHICH DIRECTLY HEARD
00:02:11MEN AND WOMEN ON THE ASSEMBLY
LINES IN OHIO AND MICHIGAN AND
00:02:16THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST.
YOUR SENATOR, BY THE WAY,
00:02:19SHERIFF BROWN --
[APPLAUSE]
00:02:21HAS FOUGHT AS HARD AS ANYBODY ON
THIS.
00:02:25WHEN FOLKS ARE BREAKING THE
RULES, WE GO AFTER THEM.
00:02:30WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET IT
STAND.
00:02:31>> THE MOVE COMES AFTER
REPUBLICAN NOMINEE MITT ROMNEY
00:02:38RAMPED UP CHARGES THAT OBAMA
LETS THE CHINESE GET AWAY WITH
00:02:41WIDESPREAD TRADE CHEATING.
AT A RALLY IN CINCINNATI, OBAMA
00:02:44SAID ROMNEY'S FIRM, BAIN
CAPITAL, CHAMPIONS OUTSOURCING,
00:02:48AND THAT HIS TAX POLICIES FAVOR
OVERSEAS PRODUCTION.
00:02:51AS THE PRESIDENT WAS PREPARING
TO STEP BEFORE THE CROWD IN A
00:02:55COLUMBUS PARK, A U.S. SENATOR
WHO WAS THOUGHT TO BE ON THE
00:02:58SHORT LIST TO BE ROMNEY'S
RUNNING MATE WAS ABOUT 1 MI.
00:03:00AWAY, READY TO REACT.
FLORIDA SENATOR AND TEA PARTY
00:03:04FAVORITE MARCO RUBIO TOLD ABOUT
300 PEOPLE AT THE STATEHOUSE
00:03:07THAT MR. OBAMA HAS NOT ONLY NOT
DEALT WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT AS
00:03:11HE PROMISED, BUT THAT HE'S MADE
IT WORSE.
00:03:12>> IF WE STAY ON THE TRACK HE
HAS PLACED US ON -- THESE ARE
00:03:18HIS NUMBERS, NOT MINE, HIS
IDEAS, NOT THE ONES I AM MAKING
00:03:22UP FOR HIM -- THE DEBT WILL GROW
TO LEVELS KNOW PEOPLE HAVE EVER
00:03:27SEEN.
AND THE DEBT IS JUST PART OF THE
00:03:31PROBLEM.
YOU KNOW WHAT IS JUST AS BAD AS
00:03:33THE DEBT?
INTEREST ON THE DEBT.
00:03:34>> RUBIO SAYS THE ELECTION HAS
MOTIVATED THE PRESIDENT TO DO
00:03:39SOMETHING ABOUT CHINA WHEN HE
SHOULD HAVE DONE IT 3.5 YEARS
00:03:42AGO.
OF COURSE ROMNEY WILL BE BACK IN
00:03:45OHIO.
HE AND HIS RUNNING MATE PAUL
00:03:47RYAN WILL BRING A BUS TOUR
THROUGH OHIO STARTING ON MONDAY.
00:03:49MORE ON PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS
COMING OUT.
00:03:54FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR,
THE STATE PUT A CONDEMNED KILLER
00:03:57TO DEATH.
47-YEAR-OLD DONALD PALMER WAS
00:04:00EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION 23
YEARS AFTER HE SHOT AND KILLED
00:04:03PORTER, WRIGHT, MORRIS & ARTHUR
LLP AND STEVEN VAR -- AFTER
00:04:08HE SHOT AND KILLED CHARLES
SPONHALTZ AND STEVEN VARGO, TWO
00:04:20MEN HE DIDN'T GO.
>> HE IS SAID "I KNOW WHAT IT IS
00:04:26LIKE TO LOSE A PARENT, ASSEMBLY,
CHILD.
00:04:33I HOPE THE PAIN AND HER TO DIE
WITH ME TODAY."
00:04:35>> WHILE A FEW SAID THEY
BELIEVED HIS APOLOGY WAS
00:04:43SINCERE, IT WAS TOO LITTLE, TOO
LATE.
00:04:45THE INMATE WOULD BE THE FIRST TO
BE EXECUTED IN 2013 IS FIGHTING
00:04:49HIS SENTENCE, SAYING HE'S TOO
OBESE FOR THE LETHAL INJECTION
00:04:52PROCESS TO WORK.
53-YEAR-OLD RONALD POST SAYS
00:04:58THAT HIS WEIGHT, VEIN ACCESS,
SCAR TISSUE, AND OTHER MEDICAL
00:05:02PROBLEMS RAISE THE LIKELIHOOD OF
SEVERE PROBLEMS WITH EXECUTION.
00:05:05HIS LAWYERS SAY THE EXECUTION
GURNEY MIGHT NOT HOLD THEM, AND
00:05:09THAT THE PROCESS COULD CAUSE HIM
WHAT THEY CALL "A TORTUOUS AND
00:05:14LINGERING DEATH."
POST WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR
00:05:18SHOOTING A HOTEL CLERK IN
ELYRIA IN LORAIN COUNTY IN 1983.
00:05:23THE PRESENT DEPARTMENT IS NOT
COMMENTING.
00:05:25THE AGENCIES DEALING WITH AN
UPCOMING SHORTFALL IN THE DRUG
00:05:29IT USES TO DO LETHAL INJECTIONS.
RECORDS SHOW THE STATE HAS
00:05:33ENOUGH PENTOBARBITAL TO DO 7 OF
THE 10 EXECUTIONS SCHEDULED
00:05:37THROUGH MARCH OF 2014.
THE STATE STOCKPILED A SUPPLY OF
00:05:41THE DRUG BEFORE ITS MANUFACTURER
PROHIBITED ITS SALE FOR USE IN
00:05:44EXECUTIONS.
A PRISON DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN
00:05:48SAYS IT'S WORKING WITH STATE
PHARMACISTS AND THE ATTORNEY
00:05:51GENERAL'S OFFICE TO ADDRESS THE
ISSUE.
00:05:52A GROUP IS SUING OHIO'S
SECRETARY OF STATE, ASKING THE
00:05:56COURT TO ORDER JON HUSTED TO
PURGE THE STATE'S VOTER ROLLS.
00:06:01THE GROUP JUDICIAL WATCH SAYS
THE VOTING ROLLS ARE BLOATED
00:06:03WITH INELIGIBLE VOTERS.
>> IT IS PART OF OUR EFFORT TO
00:06:08MAKE SURE THAT THE VOTER ROLLS
ARE ACCURATE, BUT FROM THE
00:06:10STANDPOINT OF SECURING THE
INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTION, BUT
00:06:14ALSO, YOU CAN REDUCE THE COST OF
ADMINISTERING THE ELECTION WHEN
00:06:17YOU HAVE ACTUAL REGISTERED
VOTERS ON THE ROLLS VERSUS
00:06:20PEOPLE WHO WERE REGISTERED BY
HAVE NOW LEFT THE STATE AND NO
00:06:25LONGER ELIGIBLE.
>> HUSTED IS AVOIDING PURGING
00:06:30THE VOTER ROLLS THE WAY THIS
GROUP WANTS HIM TO, AND IS
00:06:37INSTEAD SENDING POSTCARDS TO
EVERYONE WHOSE ADDRESS IS
00:06:39FLAGGED BY THE POSTAL SERVICE.
THOSE CARDS WILL ASK VOTERS TO
00:06:42EITHER CANCEL OR UPDATE THEIR
REGISTRATIONS BEFORE THE
00:06:44REGISTRATION DEADLINE ON OCTOBER
9.
00:06:47HE SAYS THAT WILL HELP ELIMINATE
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF
00:06:49DUPLICATE OR EXPIRED
REGISTRATIONS.
00:06:51HE SAYS 25,000 OHIOANS HAVE
ALREADY UPDATED THEIR
00:06:56INFORMATION ON MYOHIOVOTE.COM.
THE STATE'S ELECTIONS COMMISSION
00:07:02HAS FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE THAT A
MAILER SENT BY OPPONENTS OF THE
00:07:07REST IS A STRING ISSUE KNOWN AS
ISSUE 2 VIOLATES OHIO ELECTION
00:07:09LAW.
VOTERS FIRST, WHICH CREATED THE
00:07:13AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REDRAW
DISTRICT LINES THROUGH A
00:07:15CITIZENS COMMISSION, ALLEGED THE
FLIER SENT BY THE OHIO
00:07:18REPUBLICAN PARTY IS MISLEADING
AND INACCURATE.
00:07:20VOTERS FIRST FILED A TOTAL OF
THREE COMPLAINTS OVER THE
00:07:23MATTER.
THE COMMISSION WILL HOLD A
00:07:26HEARING ON OCTOBER 4 ON ONLY ONE
OF THEM, THE CLAIM THAT
00:07:29COMMISSION MEMBERS WILL BE
SELECTED IN SECRET.
00:07:31A MAN WHO WAS ONCE TALKED ABOUT
AS A POTENTIAL DEMOCRATIC
00:07:35CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR HAS LEFT
HIS JOB AS THE PROSECUTOR IN
00:07:39OHIO'S LARGEST COUNTY.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROSECUTOR BILL
00:07:42MASON RESIGNED EARLIER THIS WEEK
FOR A JOB AT A LAW FIRM.
00:07:46HIS LAST DAY WILL BE SEPTEMBER
30.
00:07:49FORMER JUDGE TIMOTHY MCGUIINTY,
ALSO A DEMOCRAT, WAS SELECTED TO
00:07:55ACT AS ACTING PROSECUTOR AND
WILL FACE REPUBLICAN EDWARD WADE
00:07:59JR. ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.
LABOR DAY HAS BEEN THE
00:08:02TRADITIONAL START OF THE
CAMPAIGN SEASON IN OHIO, BUT AS
00:08:05WE KNOW, THE CAMPAIGNS FOR
PRESIDENT, SENATE, AND CONGRESS
00:08:09BEGAN MONTHS AGO.
SOME PUNDITS HAVE SAID THE
00:08:12CONGRESSIONAL RACES WERE ALL BUT
OVER AFTER THE PRIMARY, SINCE
00:08:14MOST DISTRICTS ARE SO UN
COMPETITIVE THAT WHOEVER WON THE
00:08:19PRIMARY WILL WIN THIS FALL.
A NEW POLL LAST MONTH HAD OBAMA
00:08:26AT 50% AND ROMNEY AT 44%.
THE AVERAGE OF POLLS AT THE SITE
00:08:30REALCLEARPOLITICS.COM SHOWS A
CLOSER RACE, WITH OBAMA OF 48.5%
00:08:41AND ROMNEY AT 44.3%.
WITH 484,000 OHIOANS REQUESTING
00:08:48ABSENTEE BALLOTS ALREADY,
THERE'S A LOT OF INTEREST IN
00:08:51THIS FALL'S BALLOT.
HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE
00:08:54PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN OHIO ARE
TWO POLITICAL SCIENTISTS WHO'VE
00:08:57BEEN WATCHING IT CAREFULLY.
MICHAEL BRADY IS AN ASSISTANT
00:09:01PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
AT DENISON UNIVERSITY IN
00:09:02GRANTSVILLE, AND MELISSA MILLER
IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF
00:09:07POLITICAL SCIENCE AT BOWLING
GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY.
00:09:08WE WILL START WITH YOU, MELISSA.
WE HAVE THE SIX LAWSUITS
00:09:12AGAINST SECRETARY OF STATE JON
HUSTED.
00:09:14ARE WE SETTING UP FOR A
DISASTROUS ELECTION LEADING UP
00:09:18TO ELECTION NIGHT?
>> HOPEFULLY NOT, ALTHOUGH THERE
00:09:22HAVE BEEN MANY SKIRMISHES IN THE
MONTHS LEADING UP TO THIS RACE
00:09:25OVER THINGS LIKE EARLY VOTING
AND VOTING CENTERS AND WHO
00:09:28SHOULD BE ABLE TO REGISTER.
I THINK THAT THE STAKES ARE HIGH
00:09:32BECAUSE THE RATES ARE SO CLOSE.
IF THERE WAS A BIG GAP BETWEEN
00:09:39THE CANDIDATES, NEITHER PARTY
WOULD BE SO CONCERNED ABOUT, FOR
00:09:42INSTANCE, WHO SHOULD GET TO VOTE
EARLY AND FOR HOW LONG, AND IN
00:09:47THAT LAST WEEKEND BEFORE THE
ELECTION, SHOWED EARLY VOTING
00:09:50STILL BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
THE STAKES ARE SO HIGH BECAUSE
00:09:55THE RACES SO CLOSE.
YOU GET THESE DEBATES AMONG
00:09:59PROTESTANTS -- PARTISANS OVER
VOTING.
00:10:05.
>> YOU SAID THAT OHIO WAS THE
00:10:12FLOOR OF THE 2004 ELECTION.
SAME THING THIS TIME?
00:10:14>> HOPEFULLY NINE.
NO ONE WANTS TO GO THROUGH WHAT
00:10:18WE MIGHT WHAT A -- WHETHER IN
2000 OR 2004, WHEN THERE WERE
00:10:25LONG LINES AND MACHINES HAD
BROKEN DOWN.
00:10:26I DON'T THINK ANYONE WANTS TO
SEE THAT AGAIN.
00:10:30YOU DON'T WANT A DEBACLE LIKE
FLORIDA IN 2000 OR THE PROBLEMS
00:10:34WITH VOTING THAT OHIO EXPERIENCE
IN 2004.
00:10:38IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN.
I THINK THAT THIS QUESTION ABOUT
00:10:44WHETHER EARLY VOTING WILL EXTEND
THROUGH THAT FINAL WEEK FOR
00:10:47EVERYONE, WHICH IS WHAT THE
DEMOCRATS ARE ASKING FOR, MAY
00:10:51END UP IN THE SUPREME COURT
BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
00:10:53THAT IS HOW IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
ARE AND HOW HOTLY CONTESTED THEY
00:10:58ARE.
>> MIKE, IS THE KEY TO WINNING
00:11:02THIS RACE WHICH SIDE CAN
MOTIVATE THEIR VOTERS TO GO?
00:11:06>> I THINK SO.
AS MELISSA SAID, THE RACE IS
00:11:11TIGHT.
THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A LOT
00:11:13OF WIGGLE ROOM IN WHO IS LEFT TO
PERSUADE.
00:11:16I DON'T THINK THERE IS NEW
VOTERS TO BRING ON LINE AT THIS
00:11:20STAGE.
YOU HAVE A ROUGH BALANCE AND
00:11:22WHAT YOU SEEING AND HIS
SUPPORTERS FOR ROMNEY AND OBAMA
00:11:25IN LIKELY VOTERS.
WHAT IS GOING TO COME DOWN IS
00:11:29THE GROUND GAME AND GET OUT THE
VOTE.
00:11:32WE WILL ARGUE OVER WHO HAS
ACCESS ON ELECTION DAY.
00:11:33>> IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF VOTERS
HAVE MADE UP THEIR MINDS.
00:11:38THE NUMBER OF UNDECIDEDS SEEMS
TO BE SHRINKING, IN THE 6% RANGE
00:11:47OR SO.
HOW MANY ARE THERE IN OHIO TO
00:11:49REACH OUT AND GET THE MESSAGE
OUT FOR OBAMA TO COME TO OHIO
00:11:52AND ROMNEY TO COME TO OHIO?
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE THEY TRYING
00:11:55TO REACH?
>> THEY ARE TRYING TO REACH AS
00:11:59MANY OF THEIR BASE AS THEY CAN.
THE MOST RECENT POLL HAS
00:12:02UNDECIDEDS AROUND 6%, WITH OBAMA
WITH A SLIGHT ADVANTAGE OUTSIDE
00:12:08THE MARGIN OF ERROR.
THIS IS AN NBC POLL CONDUCTED
00:12:11LATE THAT'S -- LATE LAST WEEK.
IT IS ABOUT ENERGIZING THE BASE
00:12:19AND GENERATING ENTHUSIASM.
IF YOU CAN WIN OVER UNDECIDEDS,
00:12:27ICING ON THE CAKE.
>> YOU HAVE THE RONNY NARRATIVE
00:12:30OF "YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT" AND
FREE ENTERPRISE PHRASES, AND THE
00:12:36OBAMA NARRATIVE OF BUILDING ON
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE THE PAST FOUR
00:12:38YEARS.
ARE THOSE MESSAGES WE ARE
00:12:42HEARING FROM BOTH CAMPAIGNS
REACHING TO VOTERS AND THEY ARE
00:12:44TRYING TO REACH -- NOT JUST THE
BASE, BUT THE VOTERS WOULD NOT
00:12:49MAKE UP THEIR MIND?
>> THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY ADS
00:12:53ON THE AIRWAVES AND THE MEDIA
HAS BEEN COVERING THIS IS SO
00:12:56HEAVILY THAT YOU HAVE TO BE
LIVING UNDER A ROCK TO HAVE NOT
00:12:59ABSORB SOME OF IT.
THE QUESTION IS WHOSE MESSAGE IS
00:13:02RESONATING MORE.
IS IT THE ROMNEY MESSAGE THAT WE
00:13:05ARE NOT FAR ENOUGH, THAT THE
ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAS STALLED
00:13:10AND MORE CAN BE DONE AND WE NEED
TO EASE REGULATIONS ON BUSINESS?
00:13:14OR IS THE OBAMA AT MESSAGE
RESONATING MORE, THAT WE ARE ON
00:13:18TRACK AND THAT THINGS ARE GOING
WELL AND IT MAY BE SLOW BUT WITH
00:13:22FOUR MORE YEARS WE CAN GET THE
JOB DONE?
00:13:23IT MAY BE A FEW VOTERS TO
DECIDE.
00:13:26THOSE MESSAGES MAY BE PLAYING
DIFFERENTLY IN OHIO THAN THEY
00:13:29ARE AND OTHER SWING STATES.
THE BIG REASON FOR THAT IS THAT
00:13:33THE OHIO ECONOMY IS DOING BETTER
THAN THE NATIONAL ECONOMY.
00:13:37THIS IS ONE OF THE RARE
STATES, SWING STATES, WHERE IF
00:13:42YOU LOOK AT THE JOB NUMBERS,
YES, OHIO IS DOING BETTER THAN
00:13:46IT WAS FOUR YEARS AGO, BECAUSE
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AT
00:13:507.2%, THE MOST RECENT NUMBERS
FROM JULY, MUCH BETTER THAN THE
00:13:55UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OHIO WAS
EXPERIENCING WHEN OBAMA TOOK
00:13:57OFFICE.
THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT OBAMA
00:13:59HAS ITS YIELD UP, THAT DOES NOT
MEAN THAT ROMNEY DOES NOT HAVE
00:14:02AN EFFECTIVE MESSAGE.
BUT THE REASON OBAMA IS DOING
00:14:07SOMEWHAT BETTER IN OHIO IS THAT
OUR ECONOMY IS, AT LEAST IS ON
00:14:10THE JOBS NUMBERS, DOING BETTER.
ROMNEY AS A BIT OF A TOUGHER
00:14:14TIME HERE.
>> I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON
00:14:18MESSAGE IS RESONATING WITH
VOTERS.
00:14:19A LOT OF THE MESSAGES YOU TALKED
ABOUT WERE THE SAME KIND OF
00:14:22MESSAGES WE HEARD IN 2010 IN THE
GOVERNOR'S RACE.
00:14:24AND WITH WALL STREET AND BANKERS
AND JOB CREATORS AND TAXES AND
00:14:30THE 1% AND THAT KIND OF THING, I
AM WONDERING, IF THOSE MESSAGES
00:14:35MAY NOT HAVE RESONATED WITH
DEMOCRATS IN THAT RACE, ARE THEY
00:14:38GOING TO RESONATE THIS TIME?
OR IS IT MAY BE GOING TO TAKE A
00:14:42LITTLE BIT IN THE OTHER
DIRECTION?
00:14:43>> IT IS REALLY TOUGH.
THE DEAL WITH OHIO IS THAT WE
00:14:49CAN SWING IT BOTH WAYS, AND THAT
IS WHY WE ARE A SWING STATE.
00:14:52ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE YOUR
COMMENT BROUGHT TO MIND, KAREN,
00:14:59IS THAT ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IN
OHIO IS WHO GETS CREDIT FOR THE
00:15:03ECONOMIC RECOVERY THAT SEEMS TO
BE UNDERWAY IN OHIO.
00:15:06IS IT THE PRESIDENT, THE
STIMULUS PACKAGE, THE
00:15:10COMBINATION OF THAT AND THE AUTO
BAILOUT?
00:15:11OR IS IT THE REPUBLICAN
GOVERNOR, WHO WAS ELECTED IN
00:15:152010, AND THEN HE USHERED IN
TRYING TO LOWER TAXES AND
00:15:19BALANCE THE BUDGET AND KEEP AND
ATTRACT BUSINESS IN OHIO?
00:15:22REALLY, THE UNDERSTORY AND ALL
OF THIS IN OHIO IS WHO GETS
00:15:28CREDIT.
IN OTHER STATES, THE QUESTION IS
00:15:30WHO'S IS TO BLAME.
IN OHIO, WE ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH
00:15:35TO SAY WHO GETS THE CREDIT FOR
THE RECOVERY THAT SEEMS TO BE ON
00:15:38A WIDE.
THAT IS WHY THE MESSAGE IS THAT
00:15:43-- THE MESSAGE IS THAT EACH
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BRINGS
00:15:47TO LIGHT OF LISTENING SLIGHTLY
DIFFERENT THAN ELSEWHERE.
00:15:48>> MICHAEL, WHO IS NO FIRED UP
THIS YEAR?
00:15:54IS THE REPUBLICANS, WHO SWEPT
GOP POLITICIANS INTO OFFICE IN
00:16:002010?
OR WILL IT BE THE DEMOCRATS, WHO
00:16:05HELPED PUT OBAMA INTO OFFICE IN
2008?
00:16:07WHO IS MORE FIRED UP?
>> I THINK BOTH SIDES ARE.
00:16:12YOU HAVE A REPUBLICAN BASE THAT
IS REALLY UNHAPPY WITH THE
00:16:14STATUS QUO.
THEY REALLY RESPOND TO THAT
00:16:17MESSAGE.
I THINK THEY ARE MOBILIZED
00:16:21AGAINST BARACK OBAMA.
ON THE FLIP SIDE, YOU HAVE A
00:16:26BUNCH OF DEMOCRATS WHO FOR ALL
THE REASONS HE STATED WANT
00:16:31NOTHING MORE TO SEE -- THAN TO
SEE FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE OBAMA
00:16:35ADMINISTRATION, AND ARE HIGHLY
UNFAVORABLE TO WHAT ROMNEY'S
00:16:40MESSAGE IS.
THINGS LIKE THE VIDEO TAPE THIS
00:16:41WEEK, AND IF THAT CONTINUES TO
PLAY AND WE SEE IT OVER AND OVER
00:16:46AGAIN IN CAMPAIGN ADS, ARE GOING
TO MOBILIZE THE OBAMA BASE.
00:16:50IT IS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHICH
SIDE IS MORE FIRED UP.
00:16:54THE ENTHUSIASM GAP IS CLOSED.
ONE POLLING DATA SETS TO LOOK
00:16:58LIKE IT IS FAVORING DEMOCRATS.
>> IT IS NOT SEEM LIKE EITHER OF
00:17:03THESE CANDIDATES ARE WHILE THE
POPULAR.
00:17:05OBAMA'S APPROVAL RATING IS AT
50%.
00:17:11ROMNEY IS SURVIVED A TOUGH
PRIMARY.
00:17:14HE HAS NOT BEEN PARTICULARLY
POPULAR WITH CONSERVATIVES, WHO
00:17:18EITHER COME OUT AGAINST HIM
AFTER THE TAPE YOU JUST
00:17:21REFERENCED ABOUT THE COMMENTS HE
MADE ABOUT 47% NON-INCOME TAX
00:17:27PAYING AMERICANS ARE VICTIMS AND
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN
00:17:32LIVES AND THAT SORT OF THING.
IS IT INTERESTING TO YOU, THE
00:17:36POPULARITY OF THESE CANDIDATES,
AND WE STILL HAVE THIS
00:17:39ENTHUSIASM FOR BOTH OF THEM?
>> YEAH, I THINK IT IS TIDWELL
00:17:44WILL MAKE IT SURPRISING IS THAT
THE ENTHUSIASM IS NOT -- WHAT
00:17:48WILL MAKE A SURPRISING IS THAT
THE ENTHUSIASM LEVELS ARE NOT
00:17:52LIKE IN 2008.
IT MAY BE THE LESSER OF TWO
00:17:55EVILS, A LOT OF VOTERS.
AS YOU REFERENCED, OBAMA'S
00:18:01POPULARITY IS AROUND 50%, AND
WHILE THE STATE OF OHIO HAS SEEN
00:18:05ECONOMIC GAINS, THE ECONOMY
NATIONALLY IS STILL STRUGGLING
00:18:09AND THE INDICATORS ARE NOT
GREAT.
00:18:11WILL WILL BE INTERESTING ABOUT
THIS CAMPAIGN IS IF OBAMA
00:18:14SUCCEEDS IN WINNING REELECTION,
HE WILL BE DOING SO IS IN SPITE
00:18:17OF THE FUNDAMENTALS.
THAT WILL MAKE THE STORY AT THE
00:18:22END OF THE CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE
BATTLE BETWEEN OBAMA AND ROMNEY
00:18:25AND HOW DID HE OVERCOME THE
FUNDAMENTALS THAT SUGGEST HE
00:18:28SHOULD BE PERFORMING LESS
SUCCESSFULLY THAT HE IS.
00:18:32>> MELISSA, I WANT TO ASK YOU
THE SAME IDEA, THE WHOLE ISSUE
00:18:38OF THE CANDIDATE DOESN'T
NECESSARILY IT SEEM TO BE WILDLY
00:18:45POPULAR, AND YET WE HAVE A
VOTER'S ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT
00:18:48SUPPORTING HIM.
>> I HAVE TO AGREE, ESPECIALLY
00:18:52WITH WHAT MIGHT SAID ABOUT THE
LESSER OF TWO EVILS.
00:18:55THERE'S LESS ENTHUSIASM FOR
OBAMA ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE AND
00:19:01THERE WAS IN 2008.
BUT I ALSO AGREE THAT WHAT BOTH
00:19:05CAMPS OF THE VOTERS ARE EXCITED
ABOUT ARE KEEPING THE WHITE
00:19:11HOUSE IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT OR
GETTING A IF YOU ARE A
00:19:14REPUBLICAN, REGARDLESS OF THE
TOP OF THE TICKET.
00:19:17THERE IS PARTISAN FERVOR OF
TRYING TO GET THE WHITE HOUSE
00:19:19THIS TIME AROUND.
GOING BACK TO, AND A CLOSE
00:19:23ELECTION, WHAT IS GOING TO TOWN,
I THINK THE GROUND GAME IS
00:19:27IMPORTANT.
IT IS A COMBINATION FOR THE
00:19:30WINNER OF WINNING OVER THE
SMALL GROUP OF VOTERS IN THE
00:19:34MIDDLE BUT ALSO DELIVERING THE
BASE ON ELECTION DAY.
00:19:37THE GROUND GAME IS IMPERATIVE
HERE, AND THAT IS WHERE OBAMA
00:19:40HAS AN ADVANTAGE.
HE HAD AN ADVANTAGE OVER JOHN
00:19:43MCCAIN AND IN 2000 BECAUSE HE
HAD MORE FIELD OFFICES AROUND
00:19:46THE STATE.
THAT IS TRUE AGAIN IN 2012.
00:19:51I CHECKED THE WEB SITE FOR THE
TWO CANDIDATES, AND THE OBAMA
00:19:55CAMPAIGN HAS 96 FIELD OFFICES IN
OHIO VERSUS 36 ON THE RONNY WEB
00:20:00SITE IN TERMS OF FIELD OFFICES
IN OHIO.
00:20:03IF I WERE ADVISING THE ROMNEY
CAMPAIGN, I WOULD BE FOCUSING ON
00:20:08GETTING THIS GROUND GAME READY
TO GO, BECAUSE EARLY VOTING IS
00:20:11AROUND THE CORNER ON OCTOBER 2.
THERE IS A GAP THERE, AND THAT
00:20:17COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN FAVOR
OF OBAMA.
00:20:20>> THE POPULATIONS THAT YOU
MOSTLY SEE, COLLEGE STUDENTS --
00:20:26THESE WERE BIG VOTERS FOR OBAMA
LAST TIME AROUND.
00:20:29I WONDER IF YOU HAVE GOTTEN A
SENSE OF WHERE THEY ARE IN THIS
00:20:31ELECTION.
ITS GRADUATES WORRIED ABOUT
00:20:34GETTING JOBS AFTER THEY LEAVE
SCHOOL.
00:20:37ARE THEY BEING TARGETED BY BOTH
CAMPS?
00:20:40ARE THEY PLANNING ON VOTING?
>> FIRST, I AM SEEING LESS ON-
00:20:45CAMPUS ACTIVITY IN 2012 THAN IN
2008.
00:20:48YOU ARE NOT SEEING ALL THE
CAMPAIGN POSTERS.
00:20:52PARTICULARLY IN 2008, IT WAS
PRETTY ONE-SIDED.
00:20:55THERE WERE SO MANY OBAMA
CAMPAIGN POSTERS AROUND CAMPUS.
00:21:00I AM NOT SEEING NEARLY THAT
LEVEL.
00:21:02IT IS STILL SEPTEMBER, BUT THE
LEVEL OF ORGANIZED ACTIVITY IS
00:21:06NOT AT THE LEVEL IT WAS IN 2008.
HAVING SAID THAT, YOU POINTED
00:21:11RIGHT UP TO THE PROBLEMS THAT
COLLEGE STUDENTS HERE AND
00:21:13ELSEWHERE ARE FACING.
THIS IS A REALLY TOUGH JOB
00:21:16MARKET FOR NEWLY MINTED COLLEGE
GRADUATES TO ENTER.
00:21:19THEY ARE TAKING THIS ELECTION
VERY SERIOUSLY.
00:21:23I THINK THERE IS SOME DISCIPLINE
AMONG PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR
00:21:27OBAMA.
-- SOME DISAPPOINTMENT AMONG
00:21:30PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA, NOT
UNLIKE OTHER PEOPLE WHO VOTED
00:21:34FOR OBAMA, THAT THINGS DID NOT
TURN AROUND.
00:21:36AT THE SAME TIME, ROMNEY'S
MESSAGING -- HE IS NOT REALLY
00:21:41SPEAKING TO COLLEGE STUDENTS IN
A WAY THAT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN
00:21:45IS.
PARTICULARLY ON THIS ISSUE OF
00:21:47STUDENT LOANS AND SUPPORT FOR
STUDENT LOANS, THEY'RE THE
00:21:50PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE IS
RESONATING AMONG YOUNG VOTERS
00:21:54MORE SO THAN MITT ROMNEY'S
MESSAGE.
00:21:56THE QUESTION IS, WILL THEY GET
FIRED UP OVER THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN
00:22:00AS THEY DID IN 2008?
AS YOU SAY, KAREN, THAT WAS
00:22:06ESSENTIAL TO THE 2008 VICTORY.
>> MICHAEL, YOU ARE AT A
00:22:11SMALLER, PRIVATE COLLEGE.
I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IN
00:22:15TERMS OF ACTIVITY COMPARED TO
2008 OR EVEN THIS TIME AROUND?
00:22:20>> I SEE A LOT OF STUDENTS
EXCITED ABOUT THEIR FIRST
00:22:25OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE.
FOR THEM, THIS IS A FORMATIVE
00:22:28EXPERIENCE, BEING ABLE TO GO OUT
AND CAST A BALLOT IN THE FIRST
00:22:33PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
BUT I DON'T SEE THE SAME AMOUNT
00:22:35OF EXCITEMENT TO THE CAMPAIGN,
AT LEAST AS FAR AS IT IS
00:22:43RECEIVED AMONG STUDENTS.
I THINK IT IS A LITTLE BIT
00:22:46EARLY.
COLLEGE STUDENTS PROCRASTINATE,
00:22:47RIGHT?
WE SAVE THE CAMPAIGN UNTIL WE
00:22:51HAVE TO GO AND CAST THE BALLOT.
WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IS
00:22:55CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE JUST
TALKED ABOUT, REPUBLICANS OR
00:23:02DEMOCRATS, POLITICAL ACTIVISTS
ON CAMPUS, HAVE REALLY BEEN IN A
00:23:07CAGE AND GETTING THEIR PEERS AND
COLLEAGUES -- REALLY BEEN
00:23:12ENGAGED IN GETTING THEIR PEERS
AND COLLEAGUES REGISTER TO VOTE.
00:23:15>> ONE FINAL QUESTION, AND MAYBE
I'M JUST IT BECAUSE I'VE BEEN
00:23:20WATCHING THIS SO LONG, BUT IT
SEEMS LIKE THE CAMPAIGN ADS HAVE
00:23:25TAPERED OFF, THAT IT HAS BACKED
OFF A LITTLE BIT.
00:23:27MAYBE I'M NOT WATCHING THE
RIGHT CHANNELS OR SOMETHING.
00:23:32WHAT ARE YOU SEEING?
>> IT FEELS REALLY BUSY, BUT IT
00:23:35MIGHT BE THAT WE ARE SATURATED
AND ARE STARTING TO TUNE IT OUT.
00:23:38THIS CAMPAIGN STARTED SO EARLY.
OBAMA STARTED RUNNING ADS
00:23:43AGAINST ROMNEY VERY EARLY IN THE
CAMPAIGN.
00:23:45WE MAY NOT BE NOTICING THEM.
I THINK THEY ARE STILL THERE.
00:23:51SPENDING IS STILL UP, RELATIVELY
BALANCED.
00:23:53WHAT YOU'RE ALSO SEEING IN THE
POLLING DATA IS THAT VOTERS ARE
00:23:58KIND OF DONE.
>> SOME OF THE STUFF HAS BEEN
00:24:04PUSHED OUT BY ALL THE CAMPAIGN
ADS IN THE U.S. SENATE RACE.
00:24:07A TON OF ADS IN THAT RACE AS
WELL.
00:24:08LET ME ASK MELISSA.
YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT MARKET.
00:24:13WHAT ARE YOU SEEING?
>> THERE IS STILL SATURATION
00:24:17HERE.
I THINK VOTERS ARE GETTING KIND
00:24:19OF TIRED OF ALL THE ADS,
FRANKLY, AND PARTICULARLY THE
00:24:22NEGATIVE ADS.
THAT IS WHY I THINK THERE IS A
00:24:25MESSAGE FOR MITT ROMNEY.
WHAT MITT ROMNEY OUGHT TO BE
00:24:28AIRING IN THESE LAST WEEKS
BEFORE THE ELECTION IN OHIO AND
00:24:31OTHER STATES IS POSITIVE ADS.
I THINK THE PROBLEM FOR MITT
00:24:35ROMNEY THAT HE HAS BEEN HAVING
IS BTHAT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN
00:24:40PAINTED HIM AS A CORPORATE
RAIDER WHO IS TAKING JOBS AND
00:24:43SENDING THEM OVERSEAS, AND YET
THE REPUBLICANS MADE A LOT OF
00:24:46HEADWAY AT THE CONVENTION, THAT
IN FACT HE HAS BEEN A
00:24:48COMPASSIONATE PERSON AND SHOWN A
LOT OF COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE
00:24:51WITHIN HIS OWN CHURCH.
AFTER THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION,
00:24:55THAT MESSAGE SEEMED TO HAVE
DISAPPEARED.
00:24:58I THINK THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN
WOULD BE MOLLIFIES TO RUN SOME
00:25:02POSITIVE ADS -- WOULD BE WELL
ADVISED TO RUN SOME POSITIVE
00:25:06ADS, TESTIMONIALS FROM PEOPLE
WHO FEEL THAT HE HAS BEEN
00:25:08HELPFUL TO THEM, AND THAT COULD
TIE IN UP IN OHIO.
00:25:10>> MELISSA MILLER FROM A
BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
00:25:16AND MICHAEL BRADY FROM
DENISON YOUR CITY,
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