Ohio Swing Voters Support Impeachment, But Want Focus On Local Issues | NBC News NOW

Channel: NBC News
Published: 12/21/2019

Description
NBC News’ Dasha Burns reports on how voters in an Ohio swing county are feeling about President Trump’s impeachment and what issues matter to them in the 2020 presidential election. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC N...



Transcript
Hey alison: well, let me tell you why we're in ashtabula county on this historic week, if you take a look behind me, that waterway there that's the ashtabula river and it hits lake erie. Now this used to be a booming port city and it was supported by a pretty robust manufacturing industry here in this community, but that left a while ago - and it took some of the population with it and the voters ...
hat we've talked to said that it's that Economic decline that partly led this county to swing from blue to pretty deep fred donald trump won here in 2016, with a 19 point margin, so it's going to be pretty important for both democratsand republicans to watch how events in washington, like everything, we've seen this week. Actually play out with voters here now when it comes to impeachment, we talked to people across the political spectrum. Most of the democrats, here, not surprisingly, are supportive of impeachment, but they are concerned about how much it's sucking the oxygen out of the room. There are a lot of day-to-day local issues here that people want their leaders to prioritize that they prioritize in their day to day life. This is a county that was hit pretty hard by the opioid crisis. They want better health care, they want attention to mental health and, of course, the usmc a vote. People are pretty hopefuland excited after seeing that passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority and i'll say bipartisanship is something that people across the political spectrum here are looking for. Now. Republicans we talked to here, who are staunchly opposed to impeachment. Tell us look. This is the first time that we feel like we've had a president.

Who'S actually listened to as this interesting donald trump actually stopped here in ashtabula on the campaign trail in 2016. He was the first president to do that in a very, very, very long time, and that meant a lot to people here they say: listen, he hears us and he's trying to do things to improve our community and they see impeachment as apretty big roadblock to that Independence, sirs are sort of in-between but, like i said, everybody across the spectrum really wants to see their leadership, paying attention to things that matter to them day to day the u. s. mca, especially going into the holidays. I think was a big bright spot this. Amid all the chaos in washington, people were excited to see something that does matter to them pass with that bipartisan majority. Voters we talked to here do blame nafta on a lot of that job, loss, that industry loss and so they've been eager and waiting for something new to come along. So u. s. mca is a big deal to people. Here we spoke to the vpof operations at a local manufacturing plant who says this is going to change. His business is going to make them more competitive and other businesses, like his will, be more competitive as well.

We also spoke to the president of the local branch of the afl-cio union and he's hopeful about what this will mean for workers as well. He thinks it's gon na take a little bit of time to really see the impact and, of course we don't know exactly how this is all gon na play out on the local level across the country, but hopeful that it's going to benefit his workers as well. So nice to end - and this chaotic week was something that people feellike is going to to make a difference here and help with the economic rejuvenation of the area. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


Watch Next

Loading...