For this special edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord talked to two spokespeople for the national Republican and Democratic parties to get their take on the debates, what will it mean for Ohio, and the rest of the country. For the Democrats, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee spoke to Emily as she spent time in Ohio campaigning for the President. To talk about Mitt Romney's performance, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu joined Emily on the phone from New Hampshire.
Emily McCord speaks to Karen Kasler from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau to discuss the state of the race between Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican Challenger Josh Mandel. Kasler reports that this nationally watched contest has generated national attention and the campaigns have become increasingly negative.
Dan Damon is the anchor of BBC World Update and is visiting the state this week to take a closer look at Ohio's role for the upcoming election. He joins Emily McCord in the studio to discuss why the world watches the state, whether Ohioans are responding more to the economic messages of President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and what Ohio Republicans are saying about the current state of Mitt Romney's campaign.
Did you recently receive a letter from Secretary of State Jon Husted? Want to know more about it? Emily McCord speaks to voter advocate Ellis Jacobs. He's an attorney with Advocates For Basic Legal Equality, or ABLE. He spells out what it means to request a mail ballot and what to do if you haven't received one yet. Also, he brings us up to speed on what's happening with early voting today.
NPR's Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving, was the guest on PoliticsOhio last week, covering the Republican National Convention. Emily McCord has him as her guest again this week, to discuss Ohio's place at the Democratic National Convention. Elving says they need Ohio, too, and showed it this week. Also, he reports on former Governor Ted Strickland's speech.