Living in Ohio is full of mixed blessings. We have ample cornfields, and our own coastline on an inland sea. We have mild to hot summers, followed by brutal winters. Living here in presidential election years means being bombarded by annoying political ads… but that’s the same in any swing state.
However, this cycle promises to be different, at least for political aficionados. The GOP held its first debate in Cleveland, and next summer their convention will be held there as well. Today, however, we got an even bigger claim to fame- the first debate of the 2016 general election will be held at Wright State’s Nutter Center. The debate will be held on September 26, 2016. The last time our state has hosted debates? In 2004, Cheney and John Edwards met in Cleveland, and more prominently, the first debate between Reagan and Carter was held there as well. Let’s hope history repeats itself, and that this debate is followed by a Republican win as well.
And to think, a year ago Ed Fitzgerald was telling his supporters how great it would be if a Democratic governor were to greet the GOP to Cleveland. Well, we have a Republican governor that will be greeting the GOP to Cleveland, and the parties’ candidates to Dayton later.
Ohio has become the top bellwether state, especially for 2016. The race for the White House begins here in more than one way.