Jim Renacci Changed Mind on Senate Campaign After White House Call

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

Renacci appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning for an interview with host Brian Kilmeade who, to his credit, scolded the president for his reported comments earlier in the morning.

"It was a discussion about moving our country forward", Renacci said.

Asked about Trump's "shithole countries" comment - about accepting immigrants from majority-black countries - Renacci said, "Well, look, I've said all along, the president many times says what people are thinking". "I learned as a business guy you have to be careful what you say because people pick everything up".

Renacci, a Cleveland area businessman, has been in Congress since 2011, but has postured himself as an outsider, similar to Trump.

"It's hard, and I know it's hard for the president, because many times you want to say what you're thinking", the congressman said, as the Fox News host murmured continual agreement. "Let's not judge the president on what he says". The businessman and former Wadsworth mayor earlier said he'd make that move if encouraged by President Donald Trump, who carried OH in 2016.

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Renacci's defense of the president comes just one day after he announced he would be running for Senate at the president's urging Thursday.

Sen. Sherrod Brown raised more than $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and entered this year with $9.8 million in the bank, his campaign announced Wednesday. We must make things different. Renacci told Kilmeade Trump promised to help with his campaign, and that he thinks "a lot like the president".

"I'm not getting into the Senate race", Kasich said, later adding, "I don't agree with him ..." "I've been a supporter of the president's agenda. And the president knows that I've supported his agenda from then all the way through to today".

Kasich, speaking on MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson about a New York Times editorial on immigration he authored with Jeb Bush Jr., largely refused to comment on Renacci's remarks that Trump often says what others are thinking and that Trump should be judged after four years in office. "That means he is going to have to lurch further to the right than he usually is, and he is going to have to defend the president".

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