Mary Taylor brings campaign for Ohio Governor to Marietta

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - 3/12/2018 6:00 P.M.

We're getting closer to the May primaries-and, in Ohio, another candidate for governor stopped in the area Monday.

Republican candidate Mary Taylor spoke to residents at Marietta's Glenwood Retirement Community Monday.

She's the current Lieutenant Governor, and previously was State Auditor and a former member of the legislature.

Taylor positions herself as the conservative alternative to another Republican candidate, Attorney General and former U.S. Senator, Mike DeWine.

"He voted for the original DREAM act when he was in the U.S. Senate, which was to use taxpayer dollars to fund tuition for, and to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants," Taylor said. "When Ohio voters are reminded of Mike DeWine's record, Mike DeWine cannot win this race. And, in fact, he cannot win in November."

Taylor also questioned DeWine's stand on gun violence, while emphasizing she has the support of the National Rifle Association.

While serving alongside Gov. John Kasich for the past eight years, Taylor says she has some major differences with Kasich.

She opposes Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and is against raising severance taxes for oil and gas drilling in the Buckeye State.

And when asked if Kasich, who cannot run for re-election this year, is planning a run for president in 2020, Taylor responded, "I don't know."


Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says she would end Medicaid expansion in Ohio if elected to succeed Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Republican who has championed the expansion.

While campaigning Monday in Cleveland, Taylor said the expansion of the program serving children, the poor and the disabled is financially unsustainable.

Taylor said Medicaid should return to a mission of serving the needy while incentivizing work.

Federal health care law signed by then-President Barack Obama allowed states to choose to get federal funding to expand Medicaid enrollment to anyone at or below 138 percent of the poverty line.

Over 700,000 low-income adults are now covered under Ohio's expansion.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a Kasich spokesman wouldn't say whether Taylor's Medicaid comments affect the governor's support for her.

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