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Who gets credit for Ohio’s economic uptick?

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Who gets credit for Ohio's economic uptick: President Barack Obama or Governor John Kasich? 

Auto workers at the Chrysler Toledo Assembly Complex say Obama, but in more rural areas voters say Governor Kasich's business friendly policies.

During Wednesday's leagues at Jug's Bowling Center on Jackman Road in Toledo, retirees from GM Powertrain praise President Obama and the auto bailout as the catalyst for Ohio's economic recovery.

Ohio, a state with unemployment below the US average, moved from 48-th in the country in job creation up to 4th

"Oh, it kept 'em working," says Terrance Lorigan, who is retired after 34 years at Powertrain. "I don't know what would've happened if they didn't.  A lot of employees, the suppliers and everything."

"Definitely the auto bailout," says Mike Kilcorse, who is retired after 40 years at Powertrain.  "The number of employees who have been hired and rehired at the Toledo plant has helped us a lot."

50 miles west of Toledo, the village of Archbold employs more people than actually live there.  It is home to manufacturing like Sauder's furniture maker and the Archbold Container Corporation.  But you won't find many auto workers or Democrats.

Inside The Home Restaurant on Defiance Street patrons credit Republican Governor John Kasich for Ohio's recovery.  They point to his balancing of the budget without a statewide tax increase and recruiting new diverse companies by creating a more friendly business environment.

"I didn't think it was a great deal on that bailout. I thought it was a mistake," says Jim Storer, who is retired. "I think you're better off letting nature take its course."

"Definitely Kasich, just like in Wisconsin because his policies have cut back in some things and just helped us to recover better," says Charlotte Loetz, a retired teacher.

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