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Anti-Trump Republicans Try To Sway Ohio Votes For Biden

Operation Grant supporters in front of the Ohio Statehouse.
Karen Kasler
Statehouse News Bureau
Operation Grant supporters in front of the Ohio Statehouse.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the presidential debate debacle in Cleveland and why some Ohio Republicans are working to elect Joe Biden. Phil Heimlich, a founding member of Operation Grant, joins the show.

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In this week's episode:
Clash In Cleveland

The first presidential debate has largely been written off as a disaster with the biggest loser being the American people.

During the debate, President Trump constantly broke the rules, interrupted Joe Biden and made numerous false statements.   

For his part, Biden did not come out so clean, either. He called the president a clown and told him to shut up.

Operation Grant

Trump’s display at the debate is the latest example of why he has lost the support of many moderate Republicans. While some of those Republicans are just sitting out elections and not voting for Trump, others are taking action. 

Much like the Lincoln Project, a national group of Republicans actively campaigning against Trump, Ohio has its own version called Operation Grant. The group, which is named for Civil War general, former President and Ohio native Ulysses S. Grant, is actively working to defeat Trump.

Snollygoster Of The Week: DeWine Press Secretary Dan Tierney

Gov. Mike DeWine continues to draw criticism from a select few conservative Republicans in the Ohio legislature. The latest came this week when state Rep. John Becker demanded criminal charges be filed against DeWine over his public health orders.

A county prosecutor immediately rejected the request, but the stunt prompted the following response from Gov. DeWine's press secretary Dan Tierney: "If this were serious, I would have a comment. Because it is patently absurd, I do not.”

Now that's a terrific no-comment comment.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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