Dem debate didn't connect with Ohio, says tea party leader

Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump supporters in Rust BeltAn Ohio-based tea party activist says Democrats bypassed the biggest topic of the evening when they debated in his state Tuesday night. 

“When it comes down to the economy, they had nothing to say and it’s the economy, stupid," Tom Zawistowski says of the 12 candidates on stage Tuesday night at Otterbien College, a suburb of Columbus.

The presidential hopefuls instead vowed to impeach President Trump, pushing far-left ideas such as Medicare for all, and vowing to tax the wealthy and help the poor, women, and minorities.

According to Zawistowki, who leads the Ohio Citizens PAC, voters in the Midwest want to know what the candidates will do to help keep their jobs and improve their livelihood.  

“They are not talking to the masses of the American people,” he says of the Democrats, “who are looking for government to serve them, not to carry out some ideological agenda."

That is not to suggest the Democrats failed to discuss jobs, taxes, and the economy. 

Biden and Warren (Debate 4)According to a post-debate story by The Associated Press, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was "slammed" by fellow candidates over raising middle-class taxes to pay for her single-payer health care proposal. Her two-percent "wealth tax" was also critcized, the AP reported. 

President Trump carried Ohio 51-43 percent over Hillary Clinton in 2016, securing 18 electoral votes in his defeat of the Democrat in the Midwest.

Speaking to OneNewsNow after the debate, Zawistowski says he witnessed something very interesting at the college in Westerville: the campus was filled with vocal Trump supporters who outnumbered Democratic supporters. That was surprising, he says, because Franklin County is a reliably Democratic stronghold in the state.

“And yet we were shocked there were many Trump supporters outside the debate as there were Democrat socialist supporters,” he advises. “That tells me they're in deep trouble."

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