CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - "I'm a Marine Corp vet, did a couple of tours in Iraq and no one's going to push me around in Washington because I've been through tougher stuff than this", said Josh Mandel during a campaign stop in Cincinnati Saturday.
Mandel spoke during a rally of conservatives and Tea Party activists at the Duke Energy Center.
Mandel, the state treasurer, is a republican running against democrat U.S. Senator Sherrod and keeps a hectic schedule. He visits up to 15 counties a week and he says he's got great plans for the Cincinnati area. "I have a vision for southwest Ohio helping to lead the economic recovery for the state of Ohio based on manufacturing. We have a great tradition of manufacturing and making things here in southwest Ohio and I believe Cincinnati can help lead the economic recovery for the entire state.
Mandel's vision extends beyond the buckeye state to Washington where he says there needs to be change. "This go along get along attitude in Washington has gotten us into this mess. This mess with unemployment, this mess with hyper partisanship, this mess with a lack of fiscal conservatism and we need new leaders in Washington who are willing to stand up to the political bosses on both sides of the aisle."
It's a message that's the audience of about 6,000 wanted to hear.
Gary Brown of Columbus says he was impressed by Mandel. "Josh has a real good grasp of the issues. I was impressed with how he has been just a guy who has started out in the trenches, worked his way up and has seen success by just using conservative ideas...conservative principles."
Earl Lindholz says he'll support Mandel. "I'm very inspired. A think the man has accomplished a lot and I think he can do a lot for us."
Tim Blum says Mandel shares his beliefs. "He goes against the establishment and says, you know, you're telling me I can't make it...I'm going to do it so I really like that."
"I think the most impressive thing was his true desire to change DC and the experience he has to do that he definitely energized that crowd in there. "
The rally was all about promoting the limited government movement which has plenty of followers Like Shara Knorr of Ft. Mitchell who says she worries about the country's direction. "I believe our country is going the wrong way. It's happened before in the 1930's with FDR and Obama is preaching those same things and it scares me and I want to find other people in a grassroots movement that believe in the same things I do...the constitution."
The rally also featured FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe and conservative commentator Glen Beck.