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Strickland praises Clinton

October 19, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said former President Bill Clinton doesn't give a speech. He has a conversation with the audience.

Clinton was at Indian Creek High School Thursday for a campaign stop for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

"He talked in a calm and rational way, and laid out to the people the real differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This was more like a teacher talking to us than a politician. People trust Bill Clinton. They know his history, and, when he speaks, people listen," Strickland said.

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SHARING THE STAGE — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, left, introduced former President Bill Clinton before Clinton spoke Thursday at Indian Creek High School.
-- Michael D. McElwain
-- Michael D. McElwain

Strickland believes Obama will win Ohio, something any candidate running for the White House has to do to win the national election.

Clinton talked about Obama creating 250,000 jobs in Ohio, especially in the auto industry.

Strickland took issue with a question about whether the economic recovery in Ohio is due to Obama or Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Strickland said the economic recovery started before Kasich took office.

He said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act proposed by Obama in 2009 enabled Strickland as governor to create jobs and rebuild the state's infrastructure. He said Obama rescued the auto industry and saved Ohio jobs.

"Manufacturing came back and that happened before Kasich was governor.

The lion's share of the economic recovery policies were pursued by Obama," he said.

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