Santorum endorses AG DeWine for governor


DeWine one of four Republican candidates for Ohio governor

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com



Attorney General and Republican candidate for Ohio governor Mike DeWine meets with Bonita Ritchie, associate pastor of Tipp City United Methodist Church at K’s Hamburgers on Thursday. DeWine was endorsed by former Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum stopped at the restaurant during the 2012 presidential campaign.


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Mike DeWine makes a gubernatorial campaign stop at K’s where former Sen. Rick Santorum endorsed the current attorney general.

MIAMI COUNTY — Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, remembers stopping at K’s during his unsuccessful campaign in 2012 Republican primary — even when an enthusiastic supporter called him Mitt Romney and then apologetically bear hugged him inside the local hamburger shop.

Thursday, after he finished a famous K’s hamburger, Santorum endorsed current Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Mike DeWine.

“The reason I’m supporting Mike, nothing against the other candidates, but I know I can count on Mike. I’ve served with him. He’s someone who you know where he stands. He’s got consistent, conservative values and has articulated that when it was popular and when it was not. He stood up,” Santorum said.

DeWine said one of the major challenges he hopes to address as governor of Ohio is creating more jobs and attacking the opiate issue plaguing the workforce with early education and prevention.

“One of our biggest challenges is how to create more jobs and you can’t really talk about jobs today unless you talk about the opiate problem. The opiate problem is getting in the way of expansion of businesses because they can’t find people to work. There’s a huge number of people who tragically can’t pass a drug test today,” DeWine said. “It’s just very difficult. If you look at jobs, you can’t talk about jobs without talking the opiate problem and the need to get in front of it. What I will do when I’m governor is to put a lot more focus on prevention starting in kindergarten, K-12, we’ll do it in every school — public, private, K-12, every single year — and something that is age appropriate and something that is proven to work.”

Calling Rick Santorum “a very dear friend of ours,” DeWine recalled their work together as state senators. DeWine served as an Ohio Senator from 1995 until 2007 when he was defeated by Sherrod Brown. DeWine remembered partnering up with Santorum on pro-life bills and welfare reform, battling Democratic President Bill Clinton as Republican senators.

“(Santorum) and I have a long history together. We both worked very hard on the partial abortion bill (as senators) when we got it passed in Congress. He was a major architect of the welfare reform. He’s just a good friend — and our spouses are friends,” DeWine said.

Santorum gave DeWine credit for continuing his public service when they both were defeated as incumbents in Senate races in 2006.

“Mike didn’t reinvent himself and come back as something new. He just said, ‘You know what, that was a tough election,’ dusted himself off and came back and articulated the same values — that’s what we need in office,” Santorum said.

Santorum spoke on how he and DeWine brought late-term abortion laws to the forefront of legislation during their tenure, with the issue being vetoed by President Bill Clinton and then later passed by President George W. Bush.

“Elections do very much matter,” said DeWine, as he reflected on working against a Democratic president and then working under President George W. Bush.

DeWine then noted how President Donald Trump is “rolling back many of the crazy regulations that (President) Barack Obama put in place” and has appointed district and circuit courts “are now being filled with very solid conservatives.”

DeWine will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot facing Republicans Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State; Jim Renacci, U.S. Representative; and Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. On the Democratic ballot, the following candidates are running: Dave Kiefer, former Wayne County Commissioner and Republican candidate for state representative in 2016; Connie Pillich, former state representative and nominee for Ohio State Treasurer in 2014; Joe Schiavoni, state senator and former Minority Leader of the Ohio Senate; Betty Sutton, former U.S. Representative; and Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton.

Attorney General and Republican candidate for Ohio governor Mike DeWine meets with Bonita Ritchie, associate pastor of Tipp City United Methodist Church at K’s Hamburgers on Thursday. DeWine was endorsed by former Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum stopped at the restaurant during the 2012 presidential campaign.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/10/web1_IMG_1759_cmyk.jpgAttorney General and Republican candidate for Ohio governor Mike DeWine meets with Bonita Ritchie, associate pastor of Tipp City United Methodist Church at K’s Hamburgers on Thursday. DeWine was endorsed by former Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum stopped at the restaurant during the 2012 presidential campaign.
DeWine one of four Republican candidates for Ohio governor

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@troydailynews.com

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