Cordray, Kucinich make final pitches on Election Day

Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich made last-minute pitches this morning on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO in their Ohio Democratic primary race for governor in November.

The race is widely watched nationwide, especially after the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump painted Ohio red.

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Today, of course, is Election Day, with ballots across the Miami Valley filled with statewide, congressional, statehouse and county races. Some communities also have school levies and other tax issues on the ballot.

“I’m running on what I call the ‘kitchen table’ issues, the issues that people around Ohio have talked to me about, that worry them and their families, about their economic futures,” Cordray told WHIO-AM radio Tuesday morning.

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Cordray said voters are asking about “affordable health care,” economic opportunities and more.

“I’ve actually held state office and delivered results to people during the foreclosure crisis” said Cordray, a former Ohio state treasurer and attorney general. “We worked to save thousands of people’s homes.”

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He added: “When I was attorney general, we went after Wall Street. We recovered $2 billion for retirees and taxpayers across the state.”

Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland, told Miami Valley’s Morning News that he thinks he can lead Ohio “to a new era, where there’s health care for all, Medicare for all.”

“I can make Ohio safer by leading the way to a ban on assault weapons,” he added. “I can make the air cleaner by standing up for air pollution laws.”

He promised to challenge the status quo “which I think people are ready to do.”

Democrats are watching the race carefully, seeing it as a contest between an outspoken progressive and a more mainstream Democrat.

“Cordray has led in sparse public polls of the primary, but Kucinich has still lurked within striking distance after a months-long stylistic debate about whether Democrats need an outspoken firebrand or a more pragmatic progressive to win Ohio,” political web site Politico recently said.

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