LIMA — With four days to go until the votes are counted in Ohio, the state’s Republican leadership is hitting the road by bus for one final round to rally the base.
And Allen County was on the schedule Friday.
“Tuesday, it’s all on the line,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, to a crowd of conservative voters just before lunchtime. The morning was chilly, but the crowd provided plenty of enthusiasm.
“It’s all on the line. If the president gets four more years, he probably gets two more picks for the Supreme Court. If the president keeps four years, we’ll probably keep a majority in the Senate. If the president gets four more years, I can guarantee you that we get ever closer to Jim Jordan and Greg Pence getting gavels.”
Using the Trump tour bus as a backdrop, the short rally featured plenty of campaign surrogates. Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy spoke on the need to elect conservative judges who “believe that the law should be stable and predictable.”
Congressman Greg Pence, brother of Mike Pence who was elected to the House in 2018, made an appearance thanking the crowd for their help.
Schlapp reminded everyone of the stakes of the election.
“It’s never been a question about whether America can survive. Now it’s a question of whether or not America will be there for generations to come,” he said.
T.W. Shannon, who co-chairs Black Voices for Trump, echoed a similar message.
“When you look at the other side, the idea of what socialism promises, it promises you that what you were born in. That’s what you will always be, and that’s what Democrats are trying to drive down the throats of our kids and grandkids,” he said.
Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken and 4th Congressional District Rep. Jim Jordan also emphasized the dangers of the left.
“We have four days, and I want you to help me deliver Ohio for President Trump,” Timken said to the crowd. “You all know what’s at stake. It’s all on the line.”
Jordan — like every past election — once again was convinced that Ohio would go red. So far, Ohio polls are less sure of that result, and they’ve been returning numbers showing that Joe Biden and Donald Trump are going neck and neck in the state. For those outside Friday, such data was just more evidence of everyone telling lies about the incumbent.
“These newspapers are trying to tell you that it’s tied in Ohio. I see no evidence of that. In fact, I can’t find any evidence of Biden supporters,” Schlapp said. “I can’t find any Biden events. And by the way, this bus is rolling all around the country. This is a common theme, which is Joe Biden has an event from time to time, and then pays for television commercials.”
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.