Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray square off Wednesday night, Sept. 19, in their first gubernatorial ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
The debate, set for 7 p.m. at University of Dayton, should provide a window into just how opposite the two candidates are in their approach to everything from taxes and the economy, to law enforcement, immigration, education, gun control, and the opioid crisis.
Here are the top 10 questions Ohio voters want answered from Cordray:
- If elected, Cordray has promised to “flip the economic policies implemented by Republicans” and said he is considering a “combination of taxes” and draining the state’s rainy day fund to implement his expensive policies. What taxes does Cordray plan to raise as governor?
- The GOP tax cuts have saved the average Ohio family over $2,200. And since Republicans have taken over, jobs have been pouring back into Ohio. Why does Cordray want to turn back the clock on Ohio’s economic progress?
- Cordray has refused to answer questions on whether he would implement a single-payer healthcare system in Ohio. Former President Obama called it a “good idea” right before his campaign event with Cordray last week. If elected, would Cordray support this $32 trillion healthcare experiment?
- Ballot Issue 1 would give Ohio some of the most lenient drug laws in the country, allowing criminals to carry enough fentanyl to kill 10,000 people while facing a mere misdemeanor charge. Why does Cordray support this dangerous issue bankrolled by out-of-state billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros?
- Will Cordray finally apologize for his reckless use of Nazi-fear-mongering to describe the White House and Ohio Republicans?
- According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 25 percent of female, black, and Asian employees were discriminated against under Cordray’s watch at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. How does Cordray explain this blatant discrimination and mismanagement?
- How can voters trust Cordray with their tax dollars when he allowed for renovation costs of the CFPB’s rented office building to skyrocket to more than $215 million?
- Cordray hired Amer Ahmad, the man responsible for the largest kick-back scheme in Ohio government history. Ahmad used his position to try to steer state business through “pay to play” political donations funneled to Cordray’s campaign for attorney general. Will Cordray finally return these tainted donations?
- Did Cordray hire staff in the attorney general’s office in exchange for campaign contributions which were under FBI investigation?
- Why did Richard Cordray, when he was serving as director of CFPB, funnel $43.8 million to Obama’s campaign ad firm, then turn around and hire the same firm for his governor’s campaign?
Mandi Merrit, spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday morning about tonight’s debate.
There are many questions surrounding Richard Cordray’s failed leadership in Ohio and at the CFPB, and voters deserve answers on these questions tonight. From mismanagement and over-spending, to blatant discrimination and political cronyism, it’s clear that Ohioans can’t trust Richard Cordray.
The debate will also be streamed on the WHIO Facebook page.
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.