Democratic Ohio congressional candidate Danny O’Connor went after his GOP opponent Troy Balderson on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday, after it was reported O’Connor had lost a special election race by a thin margin.
O’Connor, who is running in the 12th district, started by going after President Donald Trump for supporting Balderson and said the commander in chief doesn’t know what he’s talking about. (RELATED: Republican Troy Bladerson Edges Out Danny O’Connor In Ohio Special Election)
“I don’t think [Trump] knows what he’s talking about,” O’Connor said. “You can fly in. Hang out here for a couple hours. Fly out. You don’t walk on our roads, you don’t have kids that go to our schools, you don’t deal with the public health crisis with addiction that we have here in our state every single day … Troy Balderson can have all of the people he wants fly in from D.C., I don’t think it makes too much of a difference.”
O’Connor said the only way to fix the nation’s dysfunctional system is to send new leadership to Washington and he failed to directly comment on whether he would be requesting a recount.
“When I stand on someone’s doorstep, or I meet them, you know in a coffee shop or just walking down the street, one thing I like to ask folks is what are they worried about. What keeps them up at night? And it’s rising health care costs — it’s the thought of having their Social Security or Medicare cut,” he continued. “These are folks who recognize that we have problems in our country, but these are problems that can only be solved if we send new leadership to Washington.”
O’Connor said he will continue to campaign until the November midterms and believes every vote should be counted.
“I’m going to be campaigning every single day until November,” he concluded. “We need to make sure that every vote is counted because when people exercise their right to vote, that needs to be respected.”
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