James Hibberd
September 26, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s hit Dirty Jobs is taking the stage for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Go ahead Dems, make the joke, we’ll wait…

“We have unintentionally disconnected ourselves in a really fundamental way from the most important part of our workforce,” Rowe said at one of Romney’s campaign stops in Ohio on Wednesday. “The people who keep the lights out, the people who allow the toilets to work … those are the heroes of Dirty Jobs… The reason it’s still on the air today is back in 2008, as many of you know all too well, the headlines in the country started to catch up to the themes in Dirty Jobs.”

Romney described Rowe as non-partisan and not on the stage to endorse him, but said the cable host wanted the opportunity to talk about jobs in general. “There’s got to be a better way to be happy and successful in your career than simply assuming a massive amount of [higher education] debt and exiting an educational program that gives you a degree without training,” said Rowe, according to CNN.com.

Last week, the stars of NBC’s Parks and Recreation shot a video supporting Barack Obama’s campaign efforts in Ohio. What’s interesting is our story last year examining the political leanings of TV viewers found that Republicans appreciated shows blue-collar cable reality shows (like Dirty Jobs) while Democrats preferred critical favorites like NBC’s Thursday comedies. Perhaps people on the shows feel the same way. That story — a finalist for a min’s Editorial & Design Award for Feature Online Article — is here if you’d like to check it out.

And you can watch Rowe on the stump below (he shows up at the 6:30 mark):

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