Politicians, 'Joe the Plumber' Deliver Conservative Perspectives at Tea Party Rally

Roughly 3.500 people filed into Falls River Square to hear from politicians like Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci, "Joe the Plumber" and more.

Tea Party rallies are not for the faint of tongue.

On Sunday, roughly 3,500 conservative folks poured into to attend the and express their views on everything from tax reform and deficit issues to domestic oil drilling and restricting the government's reach in free markets.

People waved signs, dressed in their best red, white and blue duds and cheered for each politician who hit the main stage. Several local right-wing groups set up tents and spread their messages as well.

"We're here to retire President Barack Obama, (Sen.) Sherrod Brown, (Rep.) Betty Sutton and others who are running this country into the ground," said Akron Tea Party member Tony Ziehler. "It's about changing the direction of this country and we want people old and young to get involved."

Here's what the politicians had to say:

Ohio Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-42)

  • Talking points: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally-limited government and free markets.
  • When elected in 2010, Roegner and peers faced an $8 billion budget deficit, a 9.6 percent unemployment rate and dismal job creation (48th in the nation).
  • In two years, Ohio leaders worked to balance the $8 billion deficit without raising taxes and pulled unemployment below 8 percent. 
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio now ranks ninth in job creation and is first in the Midwest.

Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose (R-27)

  • Touted the elimination of Ohio Estate Tax.
  • Push for limited government: “When we talk about limited government, when we talk about personal freedom, we’re talking about regulatory reform,” he said.
  • Proponent of the Common Sense Initiative (CSI), designed to make Ohio’s business rules and regulations make sense while lowering the tax burden on companies.
  • Referenced his involvement with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, which analyzes proposed rules and regulations to decide whether or not they pass a cost benefit analysis established by the CSI.

U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)

  • Overriding message: Ensure President Barack Obama loses on Election Day to avoid deeper federal deficits.
  • By the numbers: $45.4 trillion in federal spending proposed by Obama Administration from fiscal year 2013-2022; $25.9 trillion projected federal deficit in 2022; support drastic cutting to overcome current $15.6 trillion national debt.
  • “We do not have a tax problem (in Washington), we have a spending problem," he said. "And shame on anybody asking anyone, and I mean anyone, to send any more money down to Washington till Washington learns that they just can’t spend (wastefully).”

Ohio House Republican candidate "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher

  • Federal government disrupted automobile industry through “overregulation.” Keep government out of private markets.
  • “I don’t know about you, but I drive a Dodge 4x4 pickup truck, and I love leaving a carbon footprint wherever I go,” he said in reference to Obama’s push for production of the eco-friendly Chevy Volt.
  • Vying for limited federal government and strong state rights.
  • Regarding oil production: “If (environmentalists) want to save the world, they’d want us drilling here in America because we’re going to do it cleaner, we’re going to do it safer, we’re going to do it better.”

Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate Candidate Josh Mandel

Click here for the Patch video clip of Mandel’s speech.

Phyllis Stager April 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Ohio will have to shift some political gears to move forward economically. I grew up in Ohio and I love that beautiful state. I want to see Ohio and our beloved nation recover their former equilibrium.
Jim April 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I get that you are changing the subject. Try protesting the big offenders in India, Brazil, China. Get it? Their industries are the unregulated behemoths that damage the planets. Stop leading from behind.
David Johann June 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I was at the rally for the whole day and there was MAYBE, MAYBE 1000 people there. I will say the crowd was White, Uneducated, Lower Middle Class and over 50. As the U.S moves forward and Baby Boomers die off, the demand for an educated populance becomes greater and our population becomes less white, events like these will be attended by about 4 people.
Evan Hammersmith June 29, 2012 at 02:32 PM
@JIM, you're being generous. In China if you break the law, you disappear forever. Jail might be a step up. I'm a teaparty conservative who drives a V8 pickup, and I think Joe the plumber's statement was idiodic. I'll still vote for him because if he makes one good decision in office, it'll be a better record than Marcy Kaptur.
Bob Haley Jr. June 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Jim, what about the science that backs up your claim above that glaciers in the Himalayas are growing? Is that settled? Because this is the first I'm hearing of that and apparently it was too inconvenient for you to cite a source for that claim.


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