GOP Begins ‘Blitz’; Volunteers Push For Romney Vote

STEUBENVILLE – U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson personally called some Jefferson County voters Saturday morning as part of the Republican Party’s “Buckeye Blitz.”

The Republican National Committee – in conjunction with the Romney for President campaign and the Ohio Republican Party – kicked off the blitz, a series of get-out-the-vote events, throughout Ohio Saturday. Volunteers turned out for phone banks and door-to-door efforts.

Johnson, R-Ohio, led activities at the Jefferson County Republican Party Headquarters at the Fort Steuben Mall, where organizers said at least 75 volunteers were scheduled to turn out Saturday.

“I’m going to be making some calls myself, but really I’m here to thank volunteers and encourage them,” said Johnson. “They’re putting in a lot of hard work to deliver Jefferson County for Romney.”

He noted Ohio is important this election year, as no candidate has won the U.S. presidency without winning Ohio since John F. Kennedy in 1960.

“On Nov. 6, voters will have a clear choice, and I believe the people of Ohio will make the right decision,” Johnson continued. “Do we put our confidence in the free-market system our country is founded on – or the job-killing, big government, big spending, more debt, more regulations policy of this administration?”

Donna Phillips of Steubenville said she turned out to volunteer Saturday because she wanted to campaign for Romney.

“My country is important to me, and I want to do something before it is given away completely,” she said.

Phillips was working alongside Cathy Thoburn, also of Steubenville.

“I don’t like the direction of the country,” Thoburn said. “We need to get God and prayer back in our schools.”

Myers Campbell of Mingo Junction added he thinks the country is at a turning point.

“We have to do something,” he said.