Damn. What’s with Democratic candidates lately taking it to the GOP? Keep it comin’ folks! Rich Cordray is the latest with some pretty aggressive messaging:

Attorney General Cordray is happy to debate as many times as it takes for Ohio voters to remember why they voted overwhelmingly to oust Senator DeWine four years ago, and why they would not now want to restore him to office as attorney general. (full release in extended post)

LOL. That’s the old pepper! Anytime, anyplace says the former Jeopardy champion. Rich would probably handle himself well in polemic pugilism against the likes of DeWine. I might even pay to see that.

Full Cordray release:

CORDRAY CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON ATTORNEY GENERAL DEBATES

The following can be attributed in part or in full to Adam Herman, campaign spokesman:

“Attorney General Cordray is happy to debate as many times as it takes for Ohio voters to remember why they voted overwhelmingly to oust Senator DeWine four years ago, and why they would not now want to restore him to office as attorney general.

For more than 20 years as a Washington insider, Senator DeWine sided with Wall Street financial interests and supported the policies of Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush that cost Ohio jobs. Now he thinks he can undo his 20-year record in Congress with political rhetoric. We welcome the opportunity to debate him anywhere, anytime.

Senator DeWine has already ignored or declined at least four debate invitations from other organizations. We hope Senator DeWine’s campaign will respond to these other invitations soon, because the candidates have very different views about moving our state forward that deserve to be heard outside the confines of Toledo and Lake County. This race is about the past versus the future, and we look forward to making that case to Ohio voters.”

The Cordray campaign previously agreed to four debates with the following organizations: University of Akron Bliss Institute of Applied Politics / Akron Press Club, City Club of Cleveland, Federalist Society, and American Constitution Society. To the campaign’s knowledge at the time of this release, DeWine has either declined or ignored these debate invitations.

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