LIMA — Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and her running mate Nathan Estruth spoke and shook hands with a group of roughly 20 individuals Tuesday afternoon at the Westgate Entertainment Center as part of her campaign tour throughout the region.
Taylor currently stands as the underdog in the Republican primary as she works to gain headway against her opponent, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has received the Ohio Republican Party endorsement, is leading by 32 points in the latest polls and has more than twice as many funds to draw from in his campaign coffers.
DeWine’s lead, however, has at least given her a talking point — she’s the anti-establishment candidate, the only “fearless unapologetic conservative,” looking to appeal to the large populist population that helped President Donald Trump win the White House.
“They don’t want you to know that there’s a choice in this race,” Taylor told the crowd. “We want to make it clear that there is a choice.”
Taylor attacked DeWine during her appearance in Lima and echoed some recent anti-DeWine campaign commercials by giving examples of when DeWine voted along Democratic lines during his time in Congress.
“They actually believe government solves problems,” Taylor said. “We are the only conservative ticket across the board.”
She also answered a few questions concerning her own stance on policies ranging from the opioid crisis to education reform to the “disaster” of Obamacare.
Taylor said the opioid crisis needs to be solved with private market solutions and contested the efficacy of pursuing some of the lawsuits that DeWine is using to make pharmaceutical companies pay for public health costs.
On education, Taylor said Ohio needs to decentralize curriculum fixes, end Common Core principles and set in place a few graduation requirements, such as skills certifications, that will give students employable skill sets by the time they leave high school.
On healthcare, Taylor said she plans on eliminating Ohio’s Medicaid expansion and the healthcare markets should be incentivized to better deal with those suffering from opioid addiction.
“You can be assured Mary Taylor will fight for what’s right, even though there may be consequences,” Taylor said.
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