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John Kasich's Ohio Issue 2 Analogy Fumbles Cleveland Browns Football History

John Kasich Issue 2

First Posted: 11/03/11 06:10 PM ET Updated: 11/03/11 06:18 PM ET

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) fumbled the facts of Cleveland football history this week, when he tried -- and failed -- to make a sports analogy about heroic comebacks.

Kasich, in the midst of a fervent statewide tour in support of Ohio's Issue 2, a ballot measure to affirm the state's anti-collective bargaining legislation signed by the governor earlier this year, ran into trouble when asked if he thought his outmanned effort could stand up to well-organized pro-union forces.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

"We never thought (former Cleveland Browns quarterback) Bernie Kosar would bring the Browns back and win that big championship game," Kasich said.

Kasich, a Steelers fan who grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, apparently didn't know that Kosar never won a championship game with the Browns, going 0-3 in AFC title tilts with trips to the Super Bowl on the line.

According to recent polls, Issue 2 looks to be headed to a handy defeat. On Thursday, conservative nonprofit group Citizens United made a $100,000 ad buy to run a pro-Issue 2 television spot in Ohio, the latest in a multi-million dollar war between the measure's advocates and opponents. Ohioans will vote on the fate of Issue 2 at the polls on Tuesday.

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