At a breakfast forum on Thursday at the New Albany Country Club, with its high ceilings and portraiture of dogs and horses, the candidates engaged in civil debate and essentially staked out orthodox positions of their parties. Mr. Balderson, who strongly supports Mr. Trump, tried nonetheless to distance himself from the president’s policies on trade, which he said would hurt the region’s farmers, and on separating migrant children from their families at the border.
“I don’t support family separation,” Mr. Balderson said. “That was not right. That was not the way this country was made.” He does support the president’s push for a border wall and highlights his “A” rating from the N.R.A.
Both candidates seemed to go out of their way to praise Ohio’s governor, John R. Kasich, with Mr. Balderson referring to him as “our great governor.” Mr. Kasich, an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump, has not endorsed his fellow Republican. Mr. O’Connor, the Franklin County recorder, received an unanticipated boost when The Columbus Dispatch, with a traditionally conservative editorial page, endorsed him.
“By all accounts, both O’Connor and Balderson are decent, successful men who would work hard for voters of the 12th District,” The Dispatch wrote. “But one supports a reasonable, thoughtful approach to addressing the important issues facing Congress and our country, and the other supports a president who uses tactics and pushes policies that this Editorial Board has denounced.”
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/us/politics/ohio-special-election-house.html266