Remember Ted Strickland? The former governor of Ohio, who was successfully ousted in 2010 by John Kasich? He’s back, and he’s gearing up to challenge Republican Senator Rob Portman in 2016.
Now, during his Senate campaign, it appears that Ted is continuing his leftward shift. He has apparently adopted a page from fellow-progressive Elizabeth Warren’s playbook. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Strickland made a campaign appearance Thursday in northeast Ohio, where he engaged in some interesting rhetoric.
He had this to say about successful people in America, captured on video at the event:
“The richest among us haven't gotten there on their own either. You know, those who are well to do drive on roads that the taxpayer provides. Go to hospitals where the public has supported and made and created and are cared for by doctors who are trained in large part at public expense.”
According to Strickland, Ohioans who have been successful owe their thanks to the government. His analogy about roads and education is borrowed from Warren, who said something similar at a campaign stop back in 2011 during her own Senate campaign:
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. You built a factory out there, good for you, but I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.”
President Obama took heat in 2012 presidential campaign by laying out the same “You Didn't Build That” argument.
Warren's brand of Democrat politics may have won her a Senate seat in deep blue Massachusetts. It's unclear whether Ted Strickland's use of her talking points will play over the same way in Ohio.
Watch both the videos below.