July 28, 2004

Jerry Springer, Ohio Senate Candidate

Jerry Springer stopped by to say hello to the bloggers and do a TV spot with Kos and Jerome Armstrong. I got a few questions in, so I thought I'd post the answers:

Springer said that Ohio was important not just for it's obvious electoral interest as a swing state, but because it was a "poster child for the damage this administration's policies have done." He said that Ohio had lost 230,000 jobs since Bush came in, and that the jobs coming in were generally low paying ones. And about those lost jobs, Springer says that "every number there is a human story." Springer says that politicians talk about national defense, but asks how someone can defend their family without a job.

Springer doesn't think there's an urban/rural divide in America. He thinks there's a divide between people like himself who are well off, and the vast majority who are middle and low income. He says the issues for someone who lives in a rural farmhouse "without heat, or access to a physician," has the same issues as someone in the same situation living in a tenement. He says that America "has always been a middle class nation," and that it's necessary to fight to keep it that way.

While Springer says that every one of his prospective constituents has their own, individual concerns, almost all of them are related in some way to employment. Either they've lost a job or are worried about losing one, they need benefits, are worried about the cost of healthcare, or are making too little money. He says that if everyone isn't working, not only can't they support their families, the state doesn't get enough revenue to provide the services everyone wants. He believes it isn't a problem the state can tax its way out of, that you have to grow the economy.

Me interviewing Jerry Springer, courtesy of Jerome Armstrong

Posted by nat in boston at July 28, 2004 03:31 AM | Elections | TrackBack(2) | Technorati links |

congrats on meeting jerry. =) looks like you're having a great time.

Posted by: anna at July 28, 2004 04:42 AM

A blogger doing journalism? Whodathunkit?

Keep it up! :-)

Posted by: NTodd at July 28, 2004 02:19 PM

Keep up the good work.

FYI, Sen. Cantwell was a Jerry Springer staffer of some sort way back when.

He'd make a fine pol if he can ever live down that TV show and other "youthful indiscretions".

Posted by: RonK, Seattle at July 28, 2004 08:47 PM

At last I know what you look like! After two years!

Oddly, that's exactly what I expected. See you in two weeks!

Posted by: James R MacLean at July 30, 2004 06:29 AM