Monday, March 07, 2005

 

Dewine's calls: 30-to-1 against Social Security phase out

Does anyone know of one single town meeting that an Ohio Republican Congressman (or woman) has held with constituents on Social Security? We know that some have held meetings with students, but that doesn't really count. That doesn't make a lot of sense since it is your party's initiative, unless the polling is unbelievably bad. And it probably is.

According to the Plain Dealer,
Telephone calls since early January to [U.S. Senator Mike] DeWine have been lopsided -- with only 88 out of 2,696 in support of private accounts. Of 538 letters sent to the senator, only 94 backed Bush, according to a DeWine spokeswoman.
Ouch.

On the other hand the Ohio Democrats have been taking it to their voters:
This evening, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland will host his ninth town hall meeting on Social Security -- more than 2,000 people have attended the earlier forums -- and U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown of Lorain will hold his fourth.

Nearly 100 people defied a snowstorm to attend U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones' Bedford Heights meeting, and she's planning more.
And Dewine, Sen. George Voinovich and Rep. Steve LaTourette are continuing to distance themselves from the White House on this:
Sens. Mike Dewine and George Voinovich have not endorsed Bush's idea. Nor has U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, the Concord Township Republican. And the three Republicans say they have no plans to counter the Democrats' criticism with meetings of their own.

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