Ohio governor talks jobs recovery at convention

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Gov. John Kasich has used his prime-time speech to delegates at the Republican National Convention to tell the story of Ohio's jobs comeback.

The first-term governor reminded the audience that Ohio had lost 400,000 jobs during the recession by the time he took office in 2011.

Kasich, a former congressman, Fox News commentator and Lehman Brothers managing director, said Ohio has $500 million in its rainy day fund compared to 89 cents after he was elected.

Yet even as Kasich boasted about Ohio and its success, he said the administration of President Obama was paralyzing job creators.

It was a familiar tightrope act for Kasich, who must persuade Ohio voters to cast ballots against Obama even as the state's economy continues to improve.

The Democrats weren't happy with Kasich's speech and Ohio Press Secretary Jessica Kershaw released the following statement in response:

"John Kasich's speech tonight was just more of what we have seen from the Romney/Ryan ticket during this campaign – empty rhetoric and false attacks. The fact is, Governor John Kasich and Mitt Romney have been uniquely bad for Ohio and our workers – from trying to strap the budget crisis on the backs of our state's firefighters, teachers, police and other public servants to opposing the President's rescue of the auto industry, and with it 1 in 8 jobs in Ohio. And when it comes to women's health, both Romney and Kasich have been extremely wrong, supporting efforts to restrict access to critical care and worse, defund essential health care providers that have proven to save and improve women's lives. The fact is, thanks to the President's policies to cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses, invest in manufacturing, and save the U.S. auto industry which is so vital to our state, Ohio has turned a corner and is helping lead the nation out of the recession. Governor Kasich's speech tonight confirmed what Ohioans know too well: Taken together, Kasich and Romney would throw Ohio's middle class under the bus."

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.