The late Jim Rhodes, who managed to be elected Ohio governor four times and was about the most pragmatic politician we’ve known in over 40 years of covering politics, had a saying about Ohio voters.
Actually, he had many sayings. But this one rang true back in Rhodes’ day and till holds some power today.
Ohio voters, Rhodes would say, care the most about three things – “jobs, jobs, and jobs.”
To many Ohio workers, the debate over “free trade” and “fair trade” is very real.