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The Gubernatorial Debate: Quick Analysis

Anyone else still astounded that Strickland took so much time to defend the dirtiest word in American politics today – “stimulus”?

Anyways, Kasich performed just as well as he did the first go around.

Ted? Not as much. I think he was trying to convey the energetic tone he’s been trying to push the past couple weeks and instead it just looked sloppy, out of control, and sometimes just plain angry.

The Governor had a good opportunity right out of the door with the question on solar power in Toledo. But Kasich’s focus on what’s most important – working to develop jobs of all types across all industries – definitely came off far better than Strickland’s narrow scope.

While Strickland wanted to keep hitting Kasich with the super focus-grouped evil word – “outsourcer” – it was easily slammed back in his face thanks to that silliness of sending cash and jobs down to El Salvador.

I think Kasich could have done a better job hitting Strickland for his mega-flip flop on gambling. Strickland’s position shift was a clear exhibit of Strickland’s total and complete lack of principle and character.

Strickland also seemed to keep claiming superiority over our neighbors – specifically calling out Indiana. It’s too bad that since last year Indiana has created nearly 6 times as many jobs as Ohio. And guess what, their Development department is closely structured to what Kasich’s JobsOhio plan calls for.

Either way, not much news was made this evening. Unless Chris Redfern drops another F-Bomb in the press room.

A Kasich win. But not a gamechanger for either candidate.

26 days to go.

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