September 14, 2020 | News | No Comments
Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won’t deliver what Democrats promise MORE (R-Ohio) on Tuesday took a veiled swipe at Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) after the congressman lost his Senate bid to Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D).
Though Renacci did not explicitly name Kasich, he blamed the outgoing governor for dividing the state and the country with his criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
“We jumped into a race and we actually were able to get a message out, which I think is important,” Renacci said in his concession speech, according to WEWS in Cleveland.
“And look, when you have the loudest voice in the Ohio Republican Party dividing the country against this president, I am still very proud to stand with this president,” he continued. “I am proud to stand with his agenda. I am proud that we were able to campaign on that agenda.”
“When you have the loudest voice in Ohio who does not support the president, it causes the divisions that we’ve seen in Ohio,” Renacci added. “And again, that is probably the biggest issue that we need to be able to change.”
Renacci said the state must “pull together” in the wake of Tuesday’s elections in order to maintain economic gains from recent years.
Brown handily defeated Renacci to secure a third term in the Senate.
Republican Mike DeWine, meanwhile, won the state’s gubernatorial race, defeating Democrat Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayPoll: Biden, Trump neck and neck in Ohio On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials ‘looking at’ offering coronavirus bonds Ex-CFPB director urges agency to ‘act immediately’ to help consumers during pandemic MORE. DeWine will replace Kasich, who is term-limited.
Kasich largely stayed out of the two statewide races, but has remained in the national spotlight as one of the most prominent GOP critics of the president. He has repeatedly hit Trump over his tone and his policies.
A 2016 presidential candidate, Kasich has yet to rule out a 2020 bid.
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