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Bridget Johnson


October 8, 2012 - 8:33 am

An Ohio Democrat predicted that President Obama will win the swing state by being “judged on his record here.”

“Thirty-plus months of growth, job growth, we’re no — no one is celebrating this. No one think we’re where we need to be, but in Ohio we’re in a significantly better position than we were in 2008 and 2009,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said this morning on CNN.

A post-debate Rasmussen Report poll has Obama up by just one point in Ohio. A pre-debate NBC/WSJ/Marist poll had Obama up by 8 points.

Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said after the debate that “Romney’s going to carry Ohio.”

“It’s going to be a very, very close race but this race fundamentally changed Wednesday night in Ohio at least,” DeWine said.

Ryan said he doesn’t see a fundamental change.

“I’m not feeling it on the ground. I’ve been here in Ohio. I don’t really feel it. I think people definitely have an opinion about how the debate went, but at the end of the day it’s going to matter about what policies,” the congressman said.

“When they see the Romney/Ryan budget when it hits the ground, he’s going to lose. He’s just not going to be able to carry enough independent voters. As I said on top of the auto rescue, we have people that have actually felt the Obama policies help them,” Ryan added.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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