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The Figure Skating Troll was right - Scott Hamilton IS a Republican

6:25 AM, Nov 5, 2012 CHILLICOTHE — In addition to being famous athletes and Ohio natives, Jack Nicklaus and Scott Hamilton are supporters of Mitt Romney, and that’s what brought them to Chillicothe on Sunday. Nicklaus, a golf legend best known for his record 18 major championships, and Hamilton, a figure skating champion who won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics, stumped for the Republican presidential candidate before a crowd of about 100 supporters outside the Ross County Service Center on Western Avenue. Nicklaus and Hamilton were joined by Nicklaus’ wife, Barbara, and Jane Portman, wife of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Shortly after stepping off a Romney-Ryan campaign bus, Nicklaus explained how his interest in the election and his support of Romney stems from his concerns about how the country’s economic direction will affect his children and grandchildren. “I think that should be your concern, too,” Nicklaus said. Nicklaus, who hails from Upper Arlington, said he first had the opportunity to support a presidential candidate in 1976 when then-President Gerald Ford, a “dear friend” and golfing partner, asked him to campaign on his behalf in Ohio. Nicklaus declined the offer and Ford ultimately lost Ohio by a narrow margin. “I said, ‘I’m never going to let that happen again.’ So when Mitt called me and asked me to get involved, I said ‘When you get yourself nominated, you can count me all in,’” he said. Nicklaus said his company, golf course design firm Nicklaus Design, has lost more than 50 percent of its employees during the past four years — a clear condemnation of the economy under President Barack Obama. “It’s why we got involved. It’s why we want to help get Mitt elected. ... Let’s get this thing on the road and in a few days, let’s get ourselves a new president,” he said to cheers. Hamilton, who grew up in Bowling Green, joked about how he has caught some grief from his friends for supporting Romney and then, on a more serious note, lamented how politically divided the nation has become. “I’ve never seen it like this before, where there’s so much anger and so much hostility towards each other,” he said. Hamilton said he first met Romney before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which Romney helped organize, and was impressed by his leadership in the wake of a bribery scandal and financial problems that had plagued the games. “Back then, I thought, ‘Man! Why can’t someone like that run for President of the United States?” Hamilton said. “And then he went to Massachusetts (as governor) and got his political chops up and he just gets it. He’s met payrolls, he understands how to create new opportunities and jobs. That’s what he did as an entrepreneur.” Hamilton said Tuesday’s election is an opportunity to “right the ship.” “It’s a real solid opportunity and it’s just a hundred feet away,” he said, pointing to the Ross County Board of Elections office, where dozens of people were inside waiting in line to cast early ballots.


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