Cleveland, Toledo Editorial Boards Push Obama, Romney on Great Lakes

Two prominent editorial boards are pushing President Bush and Governor Romney on their Great Lakes platforms.

Editorials appearing today in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) and The Blade (Toledo) are calling on the presidential contenders to maintain restoration funding and to take action on Asian carp.

“President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney continue to tread water on how committed they are to the health of the Great Lakes,” the Plain Dealer writes. Later, the editorial states: “Such dithering and indifference needs to end.”

The Blade weighs in:

“Both President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney would endear themselves to voters in the crucial states of Ohio and Michigan by committing now to more funding for Great Lakes restoration, and to a plan to keep out Asian carp by separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.”

The editorials come on the heels of a similar call to action from the editorial board of the Youngstown Vindicator.

The editorials come as recent polling affirms the importance of Great Lakes issues to Buckeye State voters.

Polling conducted in May found that majorities of Democratic, Republican and Independent voters want federal public officials to maintain funding to Great Lakes restoration projects.

The public is solidly behind restoring the Lakes—a source of drinking water for 30 million people.

President Obama and Governor Romney have the opportunity to be leaders on Great Lakes restoration and protection. The question now is: “will they?”

They’ll have the opportunity to lay out their Great Lakes platforms tomorrow, Thursday, September 13, at a 10:30 a.m. Great Lakes candidate forum.

We’ll keep you posted.

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