OH-05: Strickland's Campaign Stops for Weirauch (D) Reported in Area Media

Gov. Ted Strickland (D) made five campaign appearances with 5th Congressional District candidate Robin Weirauch (D-Napoleon) on Saturday, the first three of which I attended. The early morning rally in Bucyrus is nicely covered by
Kimberly Gasuras in the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, the candidates marching with supporters in the mid-morning Tiffin Christmas parade is reported by Joshua Boak in the Toledo Blade, and the early-afternoon walk along Main Street in Norwalk is described by Mary Lisa Boose in the Norwalk Reflector.

The Toledo Blade also reports on a televised appearance by Weirauch and State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) yesterday in which they engaged in a "cordial" debate. Reporter Joe Vardon writes that they "took similar stances on immigration and energy policies, differed on the war in Iraq, and did not say who they support for president in 2008." Weirauch called for U.S. troops to be brought home from Iraq honorably, safely, and soon, a consistent campaign theme:

"The military has done everything that's been asked of them and they've done it extremely well," she said. "Their work is completed, essentially, because now the diplomacy and the political solutions and the strat-egies for the region have to be brought in."

Latta, on the other hand, said that "President Bush's troop surge is working," and that lawmakers in Washington must "listen to the generals."

There were pretty good crowds at all three events I saw, but coverage of Strickland's support in the local media is really important. There were television cameras in Tiffin and Norwalk, so I assume that there was local TV reporting as well.

Notes on the debate...

Bob Latta's New Ad (12/03 6:20PM) IS Misleading

Bob Latta's new campaign ad is VERY misleading. He says he "rejected" money from Noe. According to his campaign finance reports, he DID accept the money. I'm looking at $500.00 that he accepted right now ($250.00 on 11/20/2003 and $250.00 on 10/14/2004). How can he deny this?!?! I just don't get it.

Robin, you gotta whip this guy!!

If anybody can help Robin (volunteer, talk to your neighbor, contribute money, etc.), you really need to.

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