CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Former Ohio governor and US Senate Candidate, Ted Strickland, was in the Valley today. He spelled out what he wants to do for Ohioans in Washington D.C., from the middle class to making college more affordable.
As democrats filled the Tippecanoe Country Club, Ted Strickland was there to talk about one topic; he calls it the “Middle Class Squeeze.”
“With all the wealth that’s being created through all the hard work of middle class folks, that wealth is being concentrated on the top one percent of the top richest people in America,” Strickland said.
“He left Governor Kasich with an $8 billion deficit,” Republican Chairman, Mark Munroe, said in response. “Ohio was 48th in job creation nationwide. His record is not particularly good on the middle class in Ohio.”
Both sides agree that the middle class needs a break but how that break is made is where the disagreement lies. Munroe says the problem starts in Washington.
“We’ve had the slowest rate of economic growth this country has seen in many, many years,” Munroe said. “That’s because of the failed government policies in Washington right now under this president.”
Strickland tells me that if college were more affordable, it would change those numbers. He says the subject of college loans will be the biggest issue in his Senate campaign.
“We need to be investing in our young people,” Strickland said. “Helping them get a college education without a lifetime of debt.”
Strickland also says we need to reduce the interest amount of students loans.He added that Senator Robert Portman had a chance to allow students to refinance student loans at a lower interest rate but voted against it.
“Because he put his millionaire friends above Ohio college students,” Strickland said.
Munroe backs Portman’s vote.
“The answer is to find ways to make college more affordable so you don’t have to borrow that much money in the first place,” Munroe said. “Make it less expensive and find more ways to make it more efficient.”