Vice President Mike Pence praised Rep. Jim Renacci (R) at a recent event in Cleveland.
Pence: “I was for Jim Renacci before it was cool. I really was. I got to know him before he was even elected to the Congress, and now he serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He’s been a great champion of economic growth and jobs here in Ohio, and I truly honored, truly honored that you’d be with us today, Congressman. … But they won’t succeed I promise you because President Donald Trump will not rest and will not relent until we repeal and replace this failed law and end the Obamacare nightmare once and for all. … The President and I are grateful for the efforts in the House of Representatives, and Congressman Renacci was a key part of the progress they made in the House.” (release)
Renacci “flew to Cleveland with Pence in Air Force Two” to the event. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) was also there. (Dayton Daily News)
THE OTHER HEALTHCARE DEBATE. State Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) “is declining to take sides in a budget fight over Medicaid expansion between” term-limited Gov. John Kasich (R) “and the GOP-controlled General Assembly. … DeWine said ‘fatally flawed Obamacare’ must be replaced, but that it is too early for the state to chart its course because it’s uncertain what health care changes will be enacted by Congress.” (Columbus Dispatch)