Former President Barack Obama endorses more Ohio candidates

October 2, 2018

Former President Barack Obama endorses more Ohio candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Weeks after holding a rally in Cleveland to boost Democrat Richard Cordray’s gubernatorial campaign, former President Barack Obama on Monday announced endorsements in more Ohio contests.

The Ohio candidates in Obama’s latest round of 260 endorsements include Democratic treasurer candidate Rob Richardson, as well as congressional candidates Betsy Rader and Susan Moran Palmer. His state legislative picks include Rachel Crooks, who has accused President Donald Trump of forcibly kissing her in 2006. Trump has denied the allegation.

Obama’s office said many of his latest selections were in close races where his support would make a meaningful difference.

Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote: pic.twitter.com/NO5jnhX3XD— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 1, 2018


 “They’re running to expand opportunity and restore the honor and compassion that should be the essence of public service,” Obama said of his list of endorsed candidates.

In August, Obama endorsed 81 candidates around the nation. The 16 Ohioans on that list included Cincinnati-area congressional candidates Aftab Pureval and Jill Schiller, as well as nine state legislative candidates and the Democratic party’s candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and auditor.

Statements from Rader and Moran Palmer said they were honored by Monday’s endorsement.

“Like so many families in our district, I’m incredibly thankful for his work passing the Affordable Care Act that has improved the lives of millions of Americans,” Rader said of Obama.

Tim Lolli, the campaign manager for Moran Palmer’s opponent - Republican Anthony Gonzalez - said the endorsement was no surprise.

“Where is the news in this?” Lolli asked in an email. “She is a Democrat, right?”

When Obama came to visit Ohio on Cordray’s behalf, Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken said Democrats might think Obama’s support would “motivate voters this midterm election season, but what they fail to understand is Ohioans have consistently rejected Democrat policies of over-regulation, increased spending and higher taxes.”

Today I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent: pic.twitter.com/gWzalQhFas— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 1, 2018


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