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Barack Obama backs Richard Cordray in list of Ohio endorsements

August 1, 2018

Barack Obama backs Richard Cordray in list of Ohio endorsements

Former President Barack Obama unveiled his list of initial endorsements Wednesday, including backing Democrat Richard Cordray for governor of Ohio.

Obama’s list wasn’t unexpected and included several candidates who formerly worked with him in Congress or the administration. He also waded into supporting several newcomers and multiple statehouse candidates.

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

“For the better part of three decades, Rich has consistently fought to reward hard work and responsibility, and to make Ohio and this country fairer for everybody,” Obama said in a statement. “As Ohio’s attorney general, he protected consumers, retirees, and small business owners. That’s why I chose Rich to serve as America’s top consumer watchdog, and because of his efforts, Americans everywhere are better off.”

Here is the full list of Obama’s Ohio endorsements:

Richard Cordray for governorBetty Sutton for lieutenant governorSteve Dettelbach for attorney generalKathleen Clyde for secretary of stateZack Space for auditorAftab Pureval for Congress in the 1st Congressional DistrictJill Schiller for Congress in the 2nd Congressional DistrictPhil Robinson, Stephanie Howse, Mary Lightbody, Beth Liston, Allison Russo, Erica Crawley, Tavia Galonski, Casey Weinstein and Taylor Sappington for the Ohio House of Representatives

Obama’s endorsement of Cordray comes after Republican President Donald Trump endorsed Cordray’s opponent – Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine – in the gubernatorial race.

Notably, Obama’s list includes all of the Democratic candidates for statewide office in Columbus except Rob Richardson, who is running for treasurer. It also includes Space, who voted against Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat running for reelection, was also not on the list.

National figures are getting much more involved in Buckeye State politics as the November midterm election nears. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Monday she would be donating to Clyde and Pureval through her political organization Onward Together.

Trump, outside of his Twitter endorsements, has routinely visited the state to campaign for candidates, including using an official White House visit to campaign for U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, the Republican challenging Brown for Senate. The president will be in Delaware County stumping for Republican 12th Congressional District nominee Troy Balderson on Saturday.

Trump’s campaign is also giving money to Renacci and Balderson as well as GOP congressional incumbents Bob Gibbs, Steve Chabot, Steve Stivers and Dave Joyce as well as 16th Congressional District Republican nominee Anthony Gonzalez.

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