Mike Gibbons believes he may be the person who can wrestle away the U.S. Senate seat held since 2007 by Democrat Sherrod Brown.
“I’m not a career politician. … I’m a businessman,” said Gibbons, an entrepreneur from the Cleveland area who is running on the Republican ticket. “But I absolutely don’t like the people that, A, were running for office, and B, that are in office. … I’m a pretty good match up with (Brown).”
If elected, he said his goals are simple and straightforward.
“I’m going there to get (President Donald) Trump’s agenda passed and to have input on what the agenda should be,” Gibbons said. “I want to take my lifetime of experiences to Washington. I’m not looking for a job.”
Gibbons said he supports the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and was critical of the failed GOP efforts thus far. He said his philosophy regarding foreign policy could be summed up in the phrase “peace through strength.” Gibbons said he would take a tougher stand than Trump on the issue of immigration.
Gibbons said he presents a stark contrast to Brown.
“We all want Americans to be happy, have opportunities, work as hard as they can, and gain the American Dream,” Gibbons said. “The difference is, the route I think that needs to be taken is diametrically opposed to Sherrod Brown’s. I don’t agree with one thing he says usually on how to execute on this. Frankly, I don’t think the people of Ohio do, either.”
To face Brown in the November 2018 general election, however, Gibbons must first defeat Treasurer of State Josh Mandel in the GOP primary on May 8, 2018. Mandel failed to unseat Brown in the 2012 general election, losing 51 percent to 45 percent.
“I’ve supported (Mandel). I’ve donated money to him because he’s the Republican placeholder,” Gibbons said. “But he has name recognition that’s not necessarily good, and I haven’t met 10 people that were strong Josh Mandel supporters; and I’ve talked to thousands of people.”
According to Gibbons, when he announced his candidacy, Mandel approached him to find out why he was running.
“I told him, ‘Josh, because I don’t think you can beat Sherrod Brown,’” Gibbons said.
Gibbons supported Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president, serving as co-chair of Trump’s fundraising committee in Ohio. He was one of the final three candidates the Trump administration interviewed for the deputy secretary of commerce position.
Gibbons said the county fair circuit has allowed him to reach a broad range of Ohioans. He visited the Delaware County Fair last week.
“I’ve been dealing with business people my whole career and now I’m going out to these rural fairs. It’s like going back in time to my roots,” said Gibbons, who spent summers during his childhood working on his grandfather’s farm in Michigan. “I’ve enjoyed meeting all these people. Where I grew up, in my neighborhood, most of the people were policemen or firemen.”
No other Democrats have filed so far to oppose Brown in the 2018 primary election.
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Oct 4, 2017
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U.S. Term Limits Praises Mike Gibbons for Signing Term Limits Pledge
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, today praised Ohio U.S. Senate candidate, Mike Gibbons, for signing its congressional term limits pledge.
In November of 2016, U.S. Term Limits had more than 50 pledge signers in Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel commented on Gibbons’s pledge, saying, “Mike’s support of term limits shows that there are people who are willing to put self-interest aside to follow the will of the people and the founding fathers. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”
The U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.” The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the House of Representatives by Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
Blumel noted, “More than 75% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through congressional term limits. Gibbons knows this and is willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Gallup, the issue enjoys wide bipartisan support. The poll showed that 75% of Americans support congressional term limits. Gallup’s analysis states, “Republicans and independents are slightly more likely than Democrats to favor term limits; nevertheless, the vast majority of all party groups agree on the issue. Further, Gallup finds no generational differences in support for the proposal.”
Blumel concluded, “America is in trouble. Our career politicians have let the people down. It is time to limit their terms and return control of our nation to people who have actually had to create a job, earn an honest paycheck and pay a mortgage. It is time for a constitutional amendment limiting congressional Terms.”
The term limits amendment bills would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the constitution.
View Gibbons’s signed pledge.
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