MORAINE, Ohio — Gov. Mike Pence ripped Democratic Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland on Wednesday, adding to the wave of criticism Strickland has faced since saying former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death came “at a good time.”
“You know your former governor, Ted Strickland. I just learned on the way over here, actually said on Monday that the death of Antonin Scalia, quote: ‘happened at a good time,’” Pence said to boos here. “Well those remarks are appalling, and they are one more reminder why Ohio must reelect Sen. Rob Portman to Washington, D.C. My friends, the passing of a constitutional scholar like the late justice Antonin Scalia was an American tragedy. And Donald Trump and I know that there is never a good time for a good man and a principled conservative to leave our Supreme Court or leave this Earth. But the truth is, Ted Strickland’s callous remarks remind us of the stakes in this election. I would say particularly to our constitutional liberties, including the right to keep and bear arms.”
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Strickland apologized for the remark on Wednesday.
Portman, who has kept his distance from Trump, did not join the event. A recent NBC/WSJ/Marist poll found Hillary Clinton beating Trump by 5 points, but it showed Portman up 5 points over Strickland, a former Ohio governor who lost his bid for reelection in 2010.
Pence took questions at the end of the town hall-style event. The first questioner asked if, should Clinton be elected, “Will she have Edward Snowden as her security adviser?” Snowden is a former NSA contractor who leaked classified information revealing the extent of the agency’s domestic surveillance program.
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