MOUNT VERNON — Josh Mandel brought his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to Mount Vernon, Tuesday morning, speaking to a gathering of the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The press could not officially attend Mandel’s talk, but an open door and a few minutes to talk to the candidate compensated.
Mandel primarily talked about his “Jobs Plan” and is spending the week visiting 22 counties around the state in a “Jobs Tour” promoting the proposal he unveiled Monday.
Mandel centered his pitch on three issues he will be highlighting in the campaign, which are outlined in the Jobs Plan. Those are the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation, the need to reform the U.S. tax structure and reducing government regulation of business.
In an interview following his talk, Mandel described what he would support in place of the Obama plan. He said we need to make Health Savings Accounts more accessible to patients; the elimination of junk lawsuits in order to bring down medical costs, and insuring that doctors can make decisions on what is best for the patient rather than having to practice defensive medicine out of worry over lawsuits.
He didn’t say how this would add up to enough to replace Obama’s plan.
About the plague of incivility in Washington, Mandel said, “We need leaders who will put country before party; who have the will to do what’s best for the country.
“My boss is not some party leader in Washington or Columbus. My boss is 11.5 million people throughout Ohio.”
He added that his is a “grassroots campaign. We’ll win by looking people in the eye and asking for their support one person at a time.”
Mandel has already been endorsed by the NFIB, which called him the “proven small-business candidate in the race.”