Ohioans are against deportation of illegals

The most recent poll in Ohio has some interesting news regarding the issue of immigration.

Let illegal immigrants stay here.

That’s what 56 percent of Ohioans said in a poll conducted this month by the University of Cincinnati Institute for Policy Research — and people polled in Southwest Ohio topped that figure.

In this corner of the state, 60 percent said they favored a government policy that allowed undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and become U.S. citizens if they met unspecified requirements in a certain timeframe.

That puts Ohioans in sync with the rest of the nation, according to a Gallup Poll last year, said Eric Rademacher, the institute’s interim co-director.

If you only listened to Fox News, Lou Dobbs and talk radio, you would assume that the entire nation is outraged by the conecpt of earned citizenship for illegals (which some call amnesty). Last year many in the media assumed that this issue would be crucial in the 2008 elections. Yet we don’t hear anything about it.

All of the Republican candidates who tried to exploit conservative anger about immigration flamed out in the primaries. Even one-time “moderates” like Rudy Giuliani flipped last year and tried to demogogue the issue in order to get the Republican nomination. He got crushed in the primaries.

America is getting serious again. We’re going through tough economic times, so it’s harder for politicians to distract the electorate with side issues like Bill Ayers, guns and illegals.

The next president will have a huge opportunity to pass a common-sense compromise on this issue that beefs up border security and provides a rational method for illegals to earn the right to stay in this country. The political rewards from such a compromise would be significant as well.

  

Obama and Biden bus tour

Mike Allen just reported the following:

OBAMA/BIDEN CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES ‘ON THE ROAD TO CHANGE’ BATTLEGROUND STATE BUS TOUR — Tour Through PA, OH, and MI will be First Joint Bus Tour For Democratic Nominees — Today, the Obama campaign announced that United States Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden will kick off a battleground state tour dubbed “On the Road to Change” following the Democratic National Convention. Senator Obama, Senator Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will depart Denver Friday for Pennsylvania, the first stop on the bus tour. The “On the Road to Change” tour will make stops in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, and will mark Obama and Biden’s first campaign tour as the Democratic nominees. Obama and Biden will meet with voters to discuss America’s economic challenges and the Obama/Biden blueprint for change.

I was hoping they would do something like this. They need to lock up Pennslyvania, and they need to work hard to keep Michigan and flip Ohio. Biden was picked to help Obama with blue-collar voters, and this joint trip will help re-introduce Obama to those voters.

  

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