90.3 WCPN Profiles Race for Ohio’s 14th District

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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90.3 WCPN Profiles Race for Ohio’s 14th District
In interview, Joyce says that he supports cutting Medicare & Social Security

Novelty, OH – On Tuesday, 90.3 WCPN’s Mark Urycki profiled the race for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. As part of his piece, Urycki joined one of Rader’s regular living room listening sessions in Hudson, where Rader hears directly from voters. Urycki’s piece highlights important issues in the election, including healthcare, money in politics, the GOP tax bill, the environment, and President Trump.

The piece notes that Congressman David Joyce “agrees with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that spending on Medicare and Social Security may need to be cut for future generations.” On cutting Medicare and Social Security, Joyce says, “we’re going to have to come to the realization that some things have gotta change because you can’t continue on the path we’re on.”

David Cohen, of University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, also notes that he considers the race “too close to call.”

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Mark Urycki
Key Points:

  • Donald Trump won Ohio’s 14th Congressional District by 11 points in 2016, which is one reason why the Republican-leaning district should not be “in play” this year. But it is. David Cohen of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron says Ohio is gerrymandered in a way that favors Republicans, who control 12 of the 16 congressional districts. Yet, he says the northeast corner of Ohio is not a lock for the GOP.
  • Since Trump took office, Joyce voted almost 97 percent of the time with the president. Yet he’s running campaign ads highlighting his votes in opposition to the GOP agenda.
  • Betsy Rader stands in a living room in Hudson surrounded by about 20 people who came to learn about this Geauga County resident. Rader grew up poor in the Appalachian part of Ohio with a single mother and three siblings. She earned a scholarship to Ohio State, finished tops in her class, and went on to Yale Law School. She gained attention with her op-ed in the Washington Post arguing against the portrait of working-class white Ohioans depicted in JD Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”.
  • Although long an advocate for the working poor, Rader became politicized watching Joyce vote 31 times to kill Obamacare.
  • While healthcare is a subject Democrats want to run on, Rader is upset that Joyce is using a false Republican campaign ad this year that Rader and other Democrats want a single-payer government health plan for everyone…“They’re doing it all over the country to moderate candidates like me,” Rader told the Hudson gathering. “They’re just making up a position that we don’t have and then attacking a position we don’t have.”
  • Rader, who worked for the Cleveland Clinic and Medicare and Medicaid Services, has a different idea for healthcare. She wants to give Americans an option to buy into Medicare just like any other insurance company. She says the large risk pool and competition would lower prices everywhere.
  • Another big issue for the Democrat is getting money out of politics. Although Rader has raised almost as much money as Joyce, she’s done it without corporate… PAC money. “When you see things like net neutrality being repealed,” she said, “when you see where those tax cuts are directed, when you see that there is no reform going on for prescription drug pricing, there really doesn’t seem to be any explanation for that except for who is financing elections.”
  • The two candidates also disagree on the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Last week the Treasury Department announced the federal deficit jumped 17 percent and the tax bill passed last year is getting the blame. Joyce voted for the cuts and says they just need more time to work. In the meantime, he agrees with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that spending on Medicare and Social Security may need to be cut for future generations. “We’re going to have to come to the realization that some things have gotta change because you can’t continue on the path we’re on,” said Joyce.
  • Rader considers the tax cuts counterproductive. “When things are going good, say you got a bonus you didn’t expect or a raise, the ideas is, you pay off the credit card. You repair the roof. You invest in the basics so that when the good times go away you’ve taken care of all those basics,” the Democrat said. “Instead, we’ve just been racking up more credit card debt.”
  • The 14th district borders Lake Erie and Dave Joyce has been an advocate for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. All but three members of the House also voted for it. Rader brushed it off as “greenwashing” after the Trump administration worked to roll back water protections in streams and rivers. “What’s happening with that is we are using taxpayers dollars to clean up the mess that corporate polluters have made,” she said.  
  • Cohen considers the 14th District race too close to call.