Ohio GOP chairman Bob Paduchik released a statement criticizing President Joe Biden’s visit to Columbus Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Editor’s Note: The video in the player above is dated March 22, 2021.
While President Joe Biden is greeted by one Republican in Ohio on Tuesday, another is criticizing him.
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Hours before President Biden was due to land in Columbus to promote the Affordable Care Act and the health benefits of the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Act, Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Paduchik released a statement in which he criticized Biden’s visit.
“There is a crisis on our southern border,” said Paduchik, referring to the recent closure of the southern border by the United States in light of the recent surge in asylum seekers. “Today is not the day for a public relations tour to bring football to a $ 1.9 trillion bill that does next to nothing against COVID-19.”
Paduchik, who was elected chairman of the Ohio Republican Party in February, previously served as senior advisor to Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and to Ohio’s 2016 campaign director of state. Then-President Trump lost his bid for re-election after Biden in the election 2020.
Paduchik’s statement comes a day after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican who served as honorary chairman of President Trump’s re-election team, said he and his wife Fran planned to welcome Biden to Columbus upon his arrival.
“Fran and I have been invited to meet the President when he flies to Columbus tomorrow. And we plan to represent Ohio there and welcome the President of the United States to our great state,” DeWine said at a press conference on Monday.