The closest thing Ohioans got to a televised debate int this year’s race for Ohio governor was a video posted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The PD recorded their joint editorial board interview with John Kasich, Ed FitzGerald and Green Party Candidate Anita Rios and posted it online.

In the video, we got to see FitzGerald fired-up and on message while Kasich slumped in his chair, refused to acknowledge the other candidates and ignored repeated attempts by PD staff to answer even basic questions about his policies and programs.

If you wondered why Kasich rejected multiple debate offers from FitzGerald this year, this is the video you need to see!

I would provide a link to the video… except the PD took it down.  We are going to guess it had something to do with a very nice and polite request from the ever-nice and polite folks in Kasich’s office.

FitzGerald’s campaign took offense at the removal of the video, especially the part where “Kasich refused to answer why he put a gag order on rape crisis counselors.”

As the FitzGerald campaign pointed out in a press release today, “Governor Kasich signed a law that threatens to cut state funding from rape crisis clinics if counselors tell victims impregnated by their rapist that abortion is a legal option.”

But when the Democratic candidate brought this up in the meeting, “the Governor refused to look at FitzGerald, often deliberately and petulantly looking off in the other direction, refusing to answer his opponents’ questions unless a Plain Dealer reporter or editorial board member repeated them.”

Wow… I bet you really wish you could see that video now, don’t you?

Plunderbund powers…. activate!


p.s. The PD still endorsed Kasich.


UPDATE:  In response to a letter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer/NEO Media Group threatening to sue us, we have temporarily removed the video.

UPDATE:  We created a new video highlighting the important scenes from the interview.  You can find it here.


  • And one wonders why Kasich even showed up for the editorial meeting?

    Kasich will never answer the question because he would have to take a position and when you are leading in the polls you don’t have to do anything.

  • dmoore2222

    There’s old Frackin John in full disdain mode. He just can’t engage in a debate because his ego won’t allow anyone to question what he says or does. He doesn’t get that a healthy electoral process includes debate among candidates. Voters have a right to see how a candidate responds to questions about policies and performance without the filter of pretend newspapers like the Dispatch and Plain Dealer. His posture says it all: I’m the king and you all are my servants.

  • Those are the kinds of questions the PD was supposed to ask. Instead they just kissed his butt. Are you going to run for president? Very hard hitting!

  • His non-verbal/body language is terrible and hilarious. Anytime the heat gets turned up, he immediately looks uncomfortable and starts blinking a ton. Like a toddler up there.
    Even if he did try to run in 2016, so many voters look at things like this in a good leader: patient, calm, collected. He is none of those things. He just comes off as this angry, arrogant, stubborn guy…because he is one. But hopefully we don’t have to worry about 2016, on account of him losing his governorship in 2014. It seems to be an uphill battle though…

  • dmoore2222

    Good observation. This is what happens when an newspaper endorses a candidate. They get sucked into the campaign and cannot objectively report on issues, policies, performance, etc. To do so would make them look bad. This gubernatorial campaign has not been covered fairly and thoroughly. The Dispatch especially should be ashamed of how they hastily wrote off Fiztgerald in their the puff pieces favoring this jerk of a governor we have. THIS ELECTION IS NOT OVER! Dems show up in numbers, this chump loses and the Dispatch and Plain Dealer look like total fools.

  • dmoore2222

    The true “Ohio Miracle” is how anyone could listen to this chump and not be immediately confounded. How that translates into voting him into office is just astonishing. His discomfort comes from the fact that his bloviating about how he was going to “fix” Ohio’s economy has proven to be a joke. His job numbers are terrible and companies continue to downsize or leave Ohio altogether. Combine that with his anti-worker, anti-women, anti-gay agenda and you get a bundle of nerves squirming around in a chair. Small wonder he refuses to debate. I’m just hoping that lots of people have seen this video.

  • CherMoe

    The PD has always been a Republican RAG. That’s why I stopped getting it years ago!! It’s akin to watching Fox “news.” Corporate-owned, corporate sponsored.

  • annekarima53

    Now they stood beside the treasure,

    On the mountain, dark and red.

    Turned the stone and looked beneath it…

    “Peace on Earth” was all it said.

  • Bob M

    “healthy electoral process” Nice words, but Kasich and the rest of his ilk want nothing to do with a healthy electoral process.

  • James Donnaught

    Sure would be nice if that video just happened to find its way onto a torrent streaming site.
    Sure would be nice, is all I’m saying.

  • Nite_Owl

    Kasich probably didn’t want to answer even basic questions about his policies and programs because he doesn’t know what they are. No matter how many times he’s told by his handlers he just keeps forgetting.

  • anastasjoy

    “Sort of”? It was shameful they actually endorsed Kasich after how he came off at that interview, showing that they had the endorsement written months ago. If they really feel Ed’s personal issues are that damning, they should have had the integrity to endorse no one like they did in the 2004 presidential race. And after a performance like Kasich gave, asking him if he will run for president is laughable. He’s not even bothering to run for governor assuming it’s in the back. His national rivals will not give him that kind of pass!

  • Bob Unkle

    @ChrisQuinnOhio is one place to interact with Mr. Quinn. Nice photo and handsome enough fellow. Not much of a writer though. Perfect for the Plain Dealer.

  • Kevin Knedler

    Frankly, I can’t believe I was once a Republican. The comment from the Kasuck campaign on the front page of the Dispatch Metro section in Sunday’s paper is quite condescending to minorities.

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