Hillary Clinton won Ohio’s Democratic primary in 2008, when she defeated her younger, long-shot challenger, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Eight years later, the former secretary of state for President Obama won Ohio again, this time defeating an older, long-shot challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who rallied to her side in a well-received address Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, site of the 2016 Democratic nominating convention.
Ohio Democrats will help nominate Hillary Clinton tonight as having lived a lifetime of fighting for children and families. To help nominate the first female candidate for president, the official vote count will be read by Cincinnatian Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land.
The message from Democrats is that no matter the odds, Hillary Clinton has spent her life fighting for children, families and those who have been forgotten and left behind. Her long record of getting things done and delivering results makes her a change maker who looks for ways to make a difference in people’s lives every day.
At its Tuesday morning breakfast meeting, members of the Ohio delegation listened to a bevy of speakers, including Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley; state Rep. Kathleen Clyde; Steve Dettelbach; Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn; Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper took time to take a selfie of himself at the meeting to send to his wife who celebrated her birthday today. Pepper, who took over a state party that helped Barack Obama win Ohio twice, in 2008 and 2012, but suffered terrible across the board loses in 2010 and 2014. Pepper’s message was that “it’s not right” that Democrats can win national elections but lose state elections. He banished the term “off year elections” from Democrat’s vocabulary, saying there’s no such thing anymore, because every election is important, not just presidential elections.
Democrats can win elections, know how to win elections and do win elections when they get excited, he said to the 160 members who were thrilled with Monday night’s Democratic speakers, among them first lady Michelle Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who remarks Pepper called as “unbelievable.”
Dawn Laguens took on Republicans, especially Ohio Gov. John Kasich for their and his backward positions on women’s health rights and access to abortion services guaranteed by the constitution. Some members of the media present this morning probably didn’t enjoy Laguens admonition that they should stop talking about John Kasich like he’s been good for Ohio. He hasn’t, she said, noting the 18 measures he’s signed into law that limit abortion rights.
Rep. Kathleen Clyde is a rising star in the Democratic firmament, her name is high on the list of potential candidates for secretary of state in 2018. Rep. Clyde drove home the point that “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation,” rattling off a now familiar laundry list of why Ohio is so important to any candidate for president who wants to win the race. For history buffs, the last Republican to win Ohio but lose the presidency was Richard M. Nixon in 1960. Ohio has gone with the winner in 28 of the last 30 presidential contests.
Tuesday night’s featured speaker, scheduled for 10 p.m., is former two-term President Bill Clinton. Actress Meryl Streep will introduce a film about Mr. Clinton. Alicia Keys will also be on hand to entertain delegates.
Buckeyes in Philadelphia will be visited by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and hear from Julian Castro Wednesday morning at their regular breakfast meeting.