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Saying she’s the clear "conservative, pro-Trump candidate" who is deeply rooted to the local area, she listed public figures who have endorsed her: U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, both prominent members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus; former Trump advisors Sebastian Gorka and Anthony Scaramucci; and several pro-Trump groups.

"In Stark County alone, we have the support of the vast majority of the people who have been voting and contributing to this community for a very long time," he said of his campaign. "I’ve put a little list together … we’re talking about (North Canton) Mayor Dave Held, the Timken family, (North Canton Councilman) Daryl Revoldt, (Stark County Auditor) Alan Harold, (Stark County Commissioner) Janet Creighton, (former) Ambassador (to Germany) Tim Timken, Harold Ziegler (founder of Ziegler Tire), (H-P Products CEO) Paul Bishop."

"These are the people who have been contributing to Stark County economically, philanthropically, politically. If you want to call them ‘the swamp,’ go right ahead," said Gonzalez, the son of Cuban immigrants who is seeking elected office for the first time. "Personally, I think that’s incredibly disrespectful."

"He has far more insight than I have at this point in time on the matter. I would need to know greater detail before I could make that decision. I don’t think that I’m appropriately briefed to that level of intelligence to make a decision," she said.

"I think he will come up with absolutely nothing," Gonzalez said of the special counsel. "I believe that the president did absolutely nothing wrong. When he says there’s no collusion (with the Russian government), everybody’s looked at this and found that there isn’t."

Hagan said while she supported the tax cuts, the "bad spending practices" in a federal budget bill violated Republican congressmen’s promises. "I vote with them when they’re right, and I vote against them when they’re wrong," said Hagan, who pointed out she opposed Republican Gov. John Kasich’s expanding Medicaid because she believed it placed a long-term cost burden on Ohioans. "There’s a reason why the establishment is not backing my candidacy. … What we’re seeing federally is a lot of people acting like Democrats within the Republican Party."

Gonzalez said he also backed the tax cuts to make America more competitive with other countries that had lower taxes, but he deemed the budget bill "a disaster of a bill," that loaded "on the debt, the deficit with no regard to fiscal sanity. I also would have been a hard ‘no’ on that. … I was embarrassed by the Republican Party." Gonzalez said about Trump: "I trust when he says he’ll never sign a (budget) bill like that again. He seems to be very sincere in that. One thing with the president, when he makes a promise, he tends to keep it."

Gonzalez said, "… anybody who goes in and says they’re going to get everything done is just flat lying. And that’s just not how it works. … I’m not going to get every single thing done legislatively. I think Mr. Renacci may have had unrealistic expectations, quite frankly, if he thought he was going to go and get everything done that he (said)."

The state has invested heavily in battling the opioid and heroin crisis, Hagan said, but "I don’t believe that dollars can solve this problem." She said, "You should not run your household without reserves in case of an emergency" (such as a recession). She said exhausting the fund would make minimal impact in addressing the crisis.

Gonzalez said, "I believe the Second Amendment is essential to allow us to protect ourselves both from each other and a tyrannical government. … At the same time, we absolutely have to solve this school violence issue." He said he’s open to federal funding of armed school resource officers, but he said local officials should decide how to use from the U.S. government earmarked for school safety.

Gonzalez lauded Trump for potentially brokering peace on the Korean peninsula and reframing the U.S. relationship with China "that is so overdue." He said U.S. foreign policy with China prior to Trump has falsely assumed "China wants to be like the United States and adopt western policies. China has no interest in that. They’ve never had an interest in that. That’s a fallacy. As a result, we turn a blind eye toward intellectual property theft, steel tariffs, steel dumping, etc. China cares about China. God bless them. They should. We should care about America." And now that assumption has led to China "taking advantage of us economically, technologically and militarily." He said Trump’s tariffs mark "the middle of a negotiation" where Trump was doing a "great job" that "will be a huge benefit to the American people."

Hagan said, "(Trump has) been bold. He’s been courageous. He has been intentional in a way that a president hasn’t been for several decades. And he’s getting results. … I can actually look at my children and husband and think we’re going to have a safe future and possibly a more peaceful future because of his ability to negotiate with (North Korean leader) Kim Jong-Un, which nobody thought was possible. The fact that we’re even talking about denuclearizing North Korea is a miracle."

Physician Michael Grusenmeyer, 66, of Rocky River, was unavailable to attend the meeting with Hagan and Gonzalez. Reached later, he said he is the most pro-environment candidate in the race, said "government shouldn’t interfere in your private business and hamper your ability to conduct business" and that being conservative means, foremost, being pro-life. "I have delivered about 230 babies in my career, and it’s one of the things I take great pride in."