CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain told about 200 uncommitted voters that he plans to spend a lot of time in Ohio heading up to election day: "John F. Kennedy was the last person to successfully win the presidency and not carry the State of Ohio. I'll spend a lot of time here because the people in Ohio and the U.S. are hurting." A few hours after he spoke on the Xavier University campus in Cincinnati, McCain was in the suburbs at a $50,000 per couple dinner, a fundraiser hosted by one of Ohio's richest citizens.
You can read more about McCain's Xavier appearance here. The Arizona senator's passion for "hurting" Ohioans is probably sincere. But he's said other things along the campaign trail that leave questions. In the past, he called the George W. Bush years "a pretty good prosperous time." He's portrayed NAFTA as "a great thing for America." And he's admitted his grasp of economics is weak -- "economics is not something as well as I should."
Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou sees McCain's trip into SW Ohio as energizng local Republicans, and adds "but I am very energized by the incredibly strong financial support the Senator is getting in our county. Sen. McCain will do very well at his fundraiser tonight!"