Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci joined me this morning to talk about the race to succeed Governor John Kasich in the Buckeye State –where holding the statehouse in ’18 will be crucial to holding the White House in ’20:
HH: And I am now joined by Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci from the 16th Congressional district, begins at the lake, heads south and comes very close to Trumbull county, but he’s not yet been honored by representing Trumbull County. Congressman Renacci, how are you? Good to talk to you again.
JR: Good, Hugh, how are you this morning?
HH: Good. The first question I want to ask you, you’re on Ways and Means and on Budget, so we’ll get to the repeal and replace in a moment. Are you running for governor in Ohio?
JR: Well, that’s a question a lot of people have been asking. I’ve had a lot of donors asking me to step up and be willing to do it. And I’m going to make that decision real soon.
HH: Well, how soon is soon? Is it like this week or next week?
JR: It’s soon.
HH: Now give us a headline here, Congressman. By the end of the month?
JR: Well, it’ll be soon. That’s all I can tell you, Hugh.
HH: What factors go into that calculation, other than being able to win, because you’ve got Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, and you’ve got Mary Taylor. I mean, it’s like a parade running for governor in Ohio. I may come back there and run for governor.
JR: Well, look, there are a lot of good people running, but what I bring to the table, of course, is 30 years of business experience versus almost 70 years of political experience combined with the three of those individuals, so I’m looking for a way, Hugh, when I came here 34 years ago as a young guy, Ohio was the place to raise a family and grow a business, and good wages, and manufacturing in the tire industry and all those kinds of things. And look, I think we need to be better here. We need to make Ohio similar to what it was 34 years ago, and so that’s why I’m strongly considering it. Continue Reading