From the Blackwell campaign:
Gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland yesterday told a radio talk show host that Americans would have "a different attitude" about the war in Iraq if it were not disproportionately fought by the poor.
During an interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU, Strickland refused to denounce Senator John Kerry's controversial don't study and "you get stuck in Iraq" comments. Democrat leaders and candidates across the country including Hillary Clinton have distanced themselves from Kerry's comments. Kerry has since apologized. However, Strickland suggested most Americans do not care about the young men and women fighting in Iraq.
"I strongly believe that if this war was being fully shared by all segments of our society and by all income levels and so on that a lot of people may have a different attitude about what's happening and the lives being lost and the young people that are being maimed," Strickland told Roten during the on air interview.
Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell expressed disappointment with Strickland's comments. Blackwell's campaign demanded Strickland immediately apologize.
"Playing class politics on this important issue is simply disgraceful," Blackwell spokesman Carlo LoParo said. "To say Americans don't care about who is fighting and dying in Iraq is outrageous. Strickland needs to apologize for his callous and irresponsible comments."
Further, Strickland inferred his colleagues in Congress do not care about war casualties because their children are not fighting in Iraq.
"Michael Moore would be proud of Ted Strickland," LoParo added. "Even Hillary Clinton condemned John Kerry. Strickland just doesn't get it. He is an unabashed Washington D.C. liberal who doesn't understand Ohio values."