Cordray’s delivery was smooth, Taft said, and the Democrat probably “scored some points” for going on the attack against DeWine. Taft said DeWine did a good job of explaining his opposition to Issue 1 and why he is against legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio.
Tania Boh, a UD senior from West Virginia who is studying political science, was one of the students who joined Taft on Wednesday for the debate.
Boh said she would have liked the candidates to talk more about the opioid crisis that has “exploded” in recent years. The issue is of particular interest to Boh because it’s something that bleeds across the state border from Ohio to West Virginia, she said.
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“I would say they’re both very polar opposites,” Boh said of the candidates. “But, I really…wished they would have centered the debate a little more about what it is they want to do rather than attacking each other.”
The debate featured some stinging attacks from each candidate but afterward sarcasm and bipartisanship was on full display in the room where the student watch party was taking place. Cordray stopped by the party to visit with students and while he was there, shook hands with Taft.
“I’m going to need some advice after the election, Bob,” Cordray joked.
Taft replied: “I’m available, I’m just here hanging out at UD.”
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