Can a ‘Policy Nerd’ Economist Win Over Republicans in Ohio?

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist along with also also president of the American Action Forum, a conservative group, said those results were hardly surprising. Trade has never been an easy sell to the public, he said, because the costs, in shuttered plants along with also also lost jobs, are large along with also also obvious, while the benefits — lower consumer prices along with also also greater productivity — are diffuse along with also also hard to see.

“You have to make the case on a regular basis of which the benefits are greater than the costs,” Mr. Holtz-Eakin said.

Mr. Holtz-Eakin, who has endorsed Mr. Kane, said the Republican Party needed candidates who would likely make the case for policies of which are more favorite with economists than with the general public, among them immigration, fiscal restraint along with also also trade.

“Campaigns are teachable moments from the United States,” Mr. Holtz-Eakin said.

If any district in Ohio is usually likely to be receptive to Mr. Kane’s economics lessons, the idea is usually the 12th. The district — which went for Mr. Trump by about 10 points in 2016 — includes rural areas, yet the bulk of the population lives in relatively affluent, educated Columbus suburbs of which have largely escaped the postindustrial decline of which has afflicted Youngstown, Dayton along with also also various other cities. Dublin, where Mr. Kane moved late last year, is usually one of the state’s wealthiest cities, which has a median household income of more than $125,000.

Campaigning on a recent Monday, Mr. Kane did not try to run away via his more contentious positions, or via his wonkish résumé. At a meet-along with also also-greet with voters at a French bakery in Dublin’s quaint downtown, Mr. Kane broke the ice with stories about his days at the Air Force Academy, yet quickly pivoted to citing articles he had written promoting free trade along with also also entrepreneurship.

Even on friendly turf, however, Mr. Kane faced some skepticism. When one attendee, Caroline Lahrmann, asked about immigration, Mr. Kane noted of which he had written 20 articles along with also also was working on a book about the subject. Then he moved into an intricate discussion of immigration policy: why immigration is usually important for the economy along with also also why he supports work permits, yet not a pathway to citizenship, for people from the country illegally.

Eventually, Ms. Lahrmann broke in.