U.S. Senate

Mandel mounts aggressive effort to unseat Brown By Jack Torry THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH WASHINGTON – Six years after ousting Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown is being challenged this year by Republican Josh Mandel, the first-term Ohio treasurer. Brown, 59, has been pounded by more than $19 million in TV commercials financed by independent Republican organizations as GOP officials have counted on defeating Brown in their effort to seize control of the U.S. Senate. But despite the advertising assault, Brown has been leading Mandel in the polls, in large part because Brown was a visible supporter of President Barack Obama’s decision to steer $82 billion in federal loans to General Motors and Chrysler. The bailout is credited with keeping the automotive giants alive and savings tens of thousands of jobs in Ohio. Brown is a 1974 graduate of Yale University and earned an M.A. from Ohio State University in 1981. He was elected to two terms as Ohio secretary of state and was elected to the U.S. House in 1992. Mandel, 35, was first elected to statewide office in 2010. Within months of assuming the post of state treasurer, Mandel announced he would enter the Senate race against Brown. Mandel has attacked Brown for having served two decades in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. He has pledged that if he is elected, he would serve only two terms in the Senate. Mandel, who has served eight years as a reserve in the Marines, Mandel graduated from Ohio State University and earned a law degree at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to his election as state treasurer, he served four years in the Ohio House of Representatives and four years as a member of city council in Lyndhurst, a Cleveland suburb.
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What are the three best things the federal government can do to improve the economy and promote the creation of good jobs?

Do you support President Obama’s health-care law, or should it be repealed? If you favor repeal, do you have a plan to cover the many people who would then lack health insurance?

How would you reduce or eliminate the federal deficit? Are you willing to end the Bush tax cuts, or significantly reduce spending on entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare?

Do you support the Obama administration’s plans for defense cuts? If not, how would you pay for averting them?

Are you willing to use military force to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon?

Why are you the best candidate for the office you are seeking?

What else would you like to say to voters?

Age 61
Education Yale University, (B.A.) The Ohio State University, (M.P.A/M.A)
Experience U.S. Senate: 2007-Present U.S. House of Representatives: 1993-2007 Ohio Secretary of State: 1983-1991 Ohio House of Representatives: 1975-1982
Family no response received
Religion Lutheran
I’m running for reelection to continue fighting in the Senate for every job, every day, in every way I know how. First, I’m leading the fight to revitalize American manufacturing, and it is working. In the last three years, Ohio has added 12,000 auto manufacturing jobs alone. Second, to continue the expansion of manufacturing in Ohio, we need to stop China’s illegal currency manipulation. I brought Democrats and Republicans together and I authored the largest bipartisan jobs bill of 2011 that passed the Senate. The bill would help create thousands of jobs by cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation, a practice that’s hurting our middle class and costing Ohio jobs. Third, we need to make sure American jobs are staying here. Too many companies are being rewarded with tax breaks for picking up and leaving America, taking good jobs with them. We need to reform our tax code so that companies no longer have incentives to ship jobs overseas.
Since I first took office, promoting quality health care for every Ohioan has been one of my top priorities. The new health reform law will continue to give Ohio seniors access to cancer screenings and exams through Medicare. I am proud of the provisions that prevent insurers from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions and that allow children up to the age of 26 stay on their parents’ insurance plans. The law has already benefited more than 4 million Ohioans from hitting a lifetime limit on insurance coverage. This means cancer patients, Ohioans with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, and children with disabilities will not face financial collapse from mounting medical bills. I fought for provisions that provide small businesses health insurance tax credits for offering coverage for their employees and I worked to close the donut hole for seniors who fall in the coverage gap in their Medicare prescription drug coverage.
I support returning the tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to where they were during the Clinton years, when 23 million jobs were created, and I was proud to vote to keep tax cuts for most Ohio families and workers this year. I absolutely do not support cuts to Social Security and have repeatedly fought against efforts to end Medicare as we know it. Social Security is self-financed by payroll taxes and the Republicans’ 2011 budget would have turned Medicare into a voucher program that would have drastically increased costs for our seniors. I voted against that proposal because our seniors depend on these critical programs, and I will never stop fighting for them. I also supported many policies such as student loan reform, eliminating subsidies to big oil companies and the 2012 Farm Bill all of which will reduce our deficit. But most importantly, jobs are the key to bringing our economy back to where it was, and I will never stop working to create new jobs and spur economic growth.
I believe the President calling for certain defense cuts like the C-27J program in Mansfield is ill-considered. The C-27J program has a relatively low operating cost and can’t be replaced with older aircraft. The M1 Abrams plant in Lima should also stay open because it’s not only providing critical jobs, but also contributing to our national defense. The same goes for cuts proposed to the Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard. We can make defense cuts, but stripping Ohio jobs or putting our country at a defensive disadvantage is not the answer and I will continue to use every opportunity to find savings on legislation that comes before the Senate.
I believe when it comes to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, no options should be off the table.
I have fought every single day in the Senate to create jobs and strengthen Ohio’s middle class, and as long as I am in Washington that will never change. I’m proud to have led the charge to pass the auto rescue package, helping to protect more than 800 thousand Ohio jobs. I believe protecting Ohio jobs is the right thing to do, and I will never back down from voting to rescue the iconic American auto industry. Ohio’s workers can compete with anyone, but they deserve a level playing field and that starts with standing up to China’s cheating. My Chinese currency bill will crack down on China’s currency manipulation, which has cost thousands of Ohio jobs. I will fiercely defend our seniors and strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security and fought against efforts to end Medicare as we know it. I will fight every day to make quality education more affordable. I voted to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling for more than more than 380,000 Ohio students.
I have been privileged and honored to serve Ohioans during my time in public service. We are starting to see signs of recovery, but we still have a lot of work to do. And you can count on me to never stop fighting to create jobs and expand Ohio’s middle class. But we need the House to act on my bipartisan bill to hold China accountable for their currency manipulation. My bill passed the Senate and if we can get it signed into law, it could create hundreds of thousands of jobs at no cost to taxpayers. We need to pass a bill with incentives to bring jobs back from overseas and keep them here. Insourcing, not offshoring, is the way forward. I supported the passage of a bill to keep tax rates low for middle class families while lowering the deficit and asking the top earners to contribute their fair share. That’s the sort of commonsense legislation we need, and once I am re-elected, you can count on me to keep fighting for Ohio jobs and Ohio families.
Age 37
Education B.A., The Ohio State University, 2000; J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2003
Experience City of Lyndhurst, Ohio, City Councilman, (2004-2006); State Representative (District 17), (2007-2010); State Treasurer, (2011 – present)
Family Married to Ilana Mandel
Religion Jewish
Creating a business-friendly, pro-growth environment to foster job creation in Ohio and America is the highest priority of our campaign. I strongly believe that common sense tax reforms, the repeal of government run healthcare and the elimination of over-burdensome agency regulations on small businesses are crucial to the recovery of our state and national economies.
The federal takeover of our healthcare will damage our economy as no other piece of legislation has done in recent years. It is an unprecedented and unconstitutional intrusion into the private decision-making processes of American families. It burdens employers and healthcare industry firms with new costs that will make it even more difficult to survive in a tough economy.

Obamacare should be repealed in whole immediately. We should then adopt common-sense reforms to reduce costs and increase efficiency in the health care industry. This includes making it easier for drug development to occur in the U.S., an area on which we have lost ground to foreign countries in recent years, and allowing health care insurance firms to sell insurance across state lines.
I believe our federal deficit is one of the most significant challenges facing our nation today. We need massive reductions in our spending that reduce the deficit by significant margins in the next few years and allow us to actually pay down the debt shortly thereafter. We do not need budget gimmicks that promise to cut spending while actually allowing for increases in spending. There has been far too large of a gap between rhetoric on cutting spending and actual cuts in spending in Washington today. This needs to change.
One of the few places the U.S. Constitution specifies that the federal government must spend tax dollars is in defense of the nation. We can find some waste and cost overruns to cut from the Pentagon's budget, but the President's cuts in national defense are irresponsible. The law should be changed to allow the cuts to occur elsewhere in the federal budget, which has ballooned at several times the rate of inflation for the past number of years.
Yes.
Ohioans from all walks of life and political affiliation tell me daily of their concerns about how the out-of-control federal spending, massive national debt and federal government’s antagonism to American businesses is putting Ohio families and job-creators at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace. Stemming from this deep concern about the direction of our country, a number of Ohioans from across the political spectrum – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – have been asking me to run for the U.S. Senate against Sherrod Brown.

As Ohio Treasurer, I have focused my time and energy on making our office the most efficient, fiscally responsible, well-run Treasurer’s office in the nation. The successes achieved in the Treasurer’s office combined with my strong record as a State Legislator, City Councilman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq, have prepared me to serve Ohioans in the United States Senate.
Our country is at a serious crossroads, and many are concerned that we may not have another six years to wait before getting it back on track. In order to carry on the American dream and ensure America’s best days are still ahead, we must elect leaders with the backbone to fix the problems that hyper-partisan politicians like Sherrod Brown have created over decades in Washington. This is the call that I am stepping forward to accept. Sherrod Brown has been a politician running for public office since Richard Nixon was President and has been in Washington nearly twenty years. He is the embodiment of a generation of ultra-liberal leaders whose policies have led America into its current fiscal and economic decline. In fact, Sherrod Brown was recently rated the most liberal Senator in America – even to the left of a Senator from Vermont who is a self-avowed Socialist. Simply put, Sherrod Brown is far too liberal for Ohio and he does not have a record of producing results for our state.
Age 50
Education Formally, no more than the average American.
Experience I'm a common man, working a common job. I own my truck, so I understand small business. I know how hard it is to earn the money Congress is spending, and I know what it means to live on a limited budget. I'm doing it now. My wife and I have been married 17 years, raised 4 kids, as a blended family, and we still love each other. It takes a certain amount of political ability to achieve that.
Family Married for 17 years. Father of a blended 4. Grandfather of 2, with another on the way.
Religion I'm a Christian, and I regularly attend Mechanicsburg Christian Fellowship Church, in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.
Everything federal government can do to improve our economy can be summed up in FIVE words; GET OUT OF THE WAY.

Federal government possesses no tools for production. It can only SPEND wealth; it cannot produce it. Bureaucracy, however well intended, only serves as a roadblock to production. There is no agency or commission that can effect change in our economy faster or more efficiently than individuals who are free to pursue their own self interests (i.e. start a business), without an inordinate amount of red tape and expense.

Many small businesses are unable to grow, because the tax code prevents them from having the resources to reinvest in the business. I suggest replacing the income tax with a consumption tax (i.e. the Fair Tax). This gives small business, and individuals for that matter, greater control over their tax bill. Individuals should not incur debt, simply by the act of working.

Lifting restrictions on domestic energy production would create jobs and raise GDP.
The healthcare law should be repealed! My opposition to the Bill is not because of its effect on our economy, but because of its effect on our constitutional liberty. There are many things in the Bill that have nothing to do with healthcare, and federal government can have no authority to force citizens to purchase a product; ANY product.

Not all people who lack health insurance NEED health insurance, and to say that the solution for those who do is to force those who don't to buy it is dishonest, at best.

The healthcare problem is not one of coverage, but one of cost. Costs are high because the free market has no influence, and doctors are forced to practice "defensive medicine" to avoid lawsuits. By allowing doctors and patients to enter into a contract, excluding lawyers, malpractice insurance costs would decrease and doctors would be free to treat for the most likely illness, instead of every possible illness. This would lower medical costs, as well as insurance costs.
Much of our country's productivity is wasted servicing the national debt. The debt itself is a threat to security. Increasing revenue AND spending reductions are BOTH required. The former is best achieved by increasing GDP, rather than taxes; the latter by a combination of entitlement reform, reductions in foreign aid, and reduced military spending.

It's important that we RETIRE, as quickly as possible, the portion of debt that is owed to foreign governments (i.e., China). The interest we pay them funds activity that is not necessarily aligned with our interests. I suggest postponing the payment on domestic debt (debt to other government agencies), and accelerated payments on foreign debt.

A portion of US debt is owed to the Federal Reserve. I suggest, over time, the abolition of the Federal Reserve and simply the erasure of this debt, in that the money that debt is owed on never existed in the first place. Sound money is key to free markets; free markets are key to liberty.
It's not the role of the United States military to police the world. The role of our soldiers is to protect the United States. I support defense cuts, including the closure of overseas bases. I do not support defense cuts that reduce the ability for the US to defend HERSELF. I cannot say, at this time, that I support the current administration's specific proposed defense cuts. However, I do support significant cuts in military spending, including reform for acquisition and contracting practices, and consideration of costs in defense planning.

Constitutionally, the US treasury funds our Navy, at all times. Our army exists in time of war, at the behest of Congress, through a declaration of war. The last time that occurred was World War II.
George Washington said, in his Farewell Address, that our foreign policy should be a matter of maintaining a strong defensive posture, and minding our own business. In my opinion, a terrorist state with a nuclear weapon IS our business.

That said, I don't believe it's necessary for the US to take action against Iran, only that the US stop preventing Israel from doing so.
I'm the only candidate who properly defines the job. Constitutionally, the role of the Senate is simple; protect the State from the federal government. One of the candidates refers to his 11.5 million bosses. The other says he represents the people. That's the role of the House of Representatives.

I understand the importance of protecting Ohio from undue and unconstitutional federal law. I understand what it means to be "the voice of Ohio" on Capitol Hill, as opposed to an authority over her.

I'm an average citizen. I understand what it means to live on a budget. I know how hard it is to earn the money our politicians are wasting, and I intend to make them stop. I know that the decisions made there have real consequences for us here in Ohio. An extra 20 dollars a week means a lot, whether it's going for taxes, gas, or groceries.

MOST importantly, electing a non-party candidate sends a clear message to ALL elected officials that the people want control of their government back.
I'm not running "against" the other gentlemen. I'm running against the division they represent and for Ohio.

I started my campaign, early in 2009, to address the real problem facing Americans today, a dysfunctional electoral process. I saw in 2008 that candidates were using nothing more than fear to motivate voters. The consequence of this is an ever widening gap among people who agree more than we disagree, when we look past political ideology.

The fact is that, constitutionally, federal government doesn't have the authority to address the things they've used to divide us, and when it comes to legislating, the only things they seem to agree on are the things that take our liberty and give more authority to politicians.

I'm setting the example that ordinary Americans CAN play a role in government, because we MUST play a role. We must participate in the process as candidates, not just as voters. When I succeed, others will follow. Help me, Scott Rupert, make a difference.
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