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Both Ohio gubernatorial candidates are stumping for votes in Cincinnati this Fourth of July

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 08:46:12-04

CINCINNATI -- On a hot Fourth of July weekend, something besides the weather was heating up in the Tri-State: Ohio’s race for governor.

At one point in June, Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine were both in Cincinnati campaigning for your vote. Cordray was at an event with former Vice President Joe Biden at a Camp Washington barber shop while DeWine was touring a childcare center. Both men are playing up issues to gain traction among voters in southwest Ohio

“A real children’s agenda. It talks about childhood development. We’re also focusing a lot on foster care,” DeWine said. 

“I think we need to think about things like how we can work toward clean renewable energy, how we can work towards fixing our infrastructure in the state, how we can work toward universal pre-K,” Cordray said.

Cordray said he expects this race to be tight and tough. He’s already run into some issues for making two Nazi references related to Republicans. 

“I mean, right now we have a tone being set by the White House which is absolutely against everything I’ve understood for America. You know, trying to find people to scapegoat and blame. That’s like Nazi Germany,” Cordray said in a speech in Licking County on June 15.

He said regarding the comment: he was repeating someone else. 

“I think it was not a helpful comment, I do take it back,” Cordray said. 

Cordray will be in Cincinnati on Wednesday to march in the Fourth of July parade. 

The two men have faced off against each other in another statewide race in 2010, that time it was for Ohio’s Attorney General. DeWine defeated the incumbent Cordray at that time.