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BIDEN LIVE | Joe Biden has hit the Canfield Fair

Published: Fri, August 31, 2012 @ 2:14 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Canfield Fairgrounds this afternoon, talking with firefighters and safety officials at the center of the fairgrounds.

As he made his way toward the Mahoning County Democratic Party tent, he paused to speak with 8-year-old Dylan Greenwood of Struthers, who has a large cast ion his left leg.

Dylan had broken his leg playing football and Biden offered him some words of encouragement. The vice president shook his hand and that of his dad, Ray Greenwood of Struthers.

Biden and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Congressman Tim Ryan and county Democratic Party Chairman David Betras visited vendors, including Kevin Snyder of Youngstown, who posed with the vice president at the stand where he was working, Ribeye and Steak.

Earlier, Biden completed his 22-minute speech at the UAW Local 1714 union hall in front of about 250 supporters.

Biden used the mid-day opportunity at Lordstown to take aim at comments from this week's Republican convention.

“You heard Congressman Ryan on Wednesday night, blame the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville on the President," Biden said.

“Congressman Ryan was right about one thing. It was devastating for the community and those people. But what he didn’t tell you was that plant in Janesville actually closed while President Bush was still in office.

“And what they didn’t say is, but for the sacrifices you all made, and the courage of the President of the United States, all those GM plants would have closed," he said.

He left the stage to the tune of "How Ya Like Me Now."

Prior to his arrival, the crowd heard from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, former Gov. Ted Strickland and union president David Green.

"They're crazy," Strickland said. "They lie. Their strategy for winning the big election is to tell the big lie."

Vietnam War veteran James Kaster, who was UAW Local 1714 president for seven years, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

"When Obama bailed out the auto industry, he saved my pension," Kaster said. "I'm impressed with the positive outlook at the plant for the president."

Meanwhile, Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill, a Republican, is at the UAW Local 1714 hall for the Biden rally even though he supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"I am showing respect for the office of vice president," Hill said. "How can the mayor ignore the vice president when he is in my town? If there was a little more civility, the world would be a better place.

"But I think it is going to get nasty," he added.


1AtownAugie(720 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Doors have opened? Seems the *chains* have been taken off -- of the doors, anyhow.

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2cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

too bad GM will fail again and this time there will be NO auto bailout! DEMS took care of the unions and there was NO cost structure change will eventually lead to another BANKRUPTCY and the taxpayer will NOT permit another bailout. Government Motors still owes the taxpayers $26 billion!

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3cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

per WIKIPEDIA: OBAMA'S promise for MORE GOV'T Intervention . . .

In April 2008, GM announced that the plant would cut back full-time production to a single shift. Combined with an ongoing employee buy-out program, layoffs totaled around 750 jobs in July 2008.[9]

During GM's 2008 annual shareholder meeting on June 3, 2008, CEO Rick Wagoner announced that the Janesville assembly plant would close by 2010, along with three other GM factories, and could close sooner if the market dictated.[10] The cutbacks announced, along with other changes, were expected to save the North American division $1 billion per year starting in 2010.[11]

GM extended its annual summer shutdown an additional two weeks and planned another ten weeks of shutdown for the remainder of 2008 because of excess inventories of SUVs made at the plant.[12]

On February 13, 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama stated, "This can be America’s future. I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday, and I know how hard your Governor has fought to keep jobs in this plant. But I also know how much progress you’ve made – how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out. And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your President

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4UNCOMMONSENSE(394 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

cathylukasko..there were significant changes to the cost structure which included the unions. If your republican president Bush did not drive the economy into the ground, then there would be no need for a bailout.

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5JoeFromHubbard(1139 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

"But I think it is going to get nasty," he added.

It has been that way since Obama was elected by the great unwashed masses.

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6sue(173 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey Joe, what about the DELPHI workers?
You and Obama screwed them.

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7Politico(28 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The plant actually closed Dec. 31st 2008. That's after the election of the Obamunist, and prior to him being sworn in. Some skilled tradesmen remained to close out the ISUZU production contract (the plant made Japanese branded trucks) and finally shut the doors in April 2009. Obama was Prez. then.

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8proudparent(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Funny how no one mentions the bank "bailouts"..I am sure no one got "screwed" by them..only GM it seems...Cathy you need to add the rest of the TRUE facts to the paragraphs you posted..because once again someone posts only partial facts without doing their research.

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9anothermike(213 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I, for one also think it is strange that the teabag party never mentions the bank and stock market "bailouts". Teabagger Ryan never mentions him and his staff were "on board' lobbying for stimulus funds for his pet projects, and then denounced the administration later. Everyone of either party affiliation need to check and see how many proposals have been BLOCKED since Obama took office....some teabaggers have even opposed their own programs....many of us think we know why..........

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10m8ke_the_call(105 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Sue posted
"Hey Joe, what about the DELPHI workers?
You and Obama screwed them."

Obama and the Democrats don't care about them. They don't belong to a Union that funded their election campaigns. Crony Capitalism at its finest.

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11georgejeanie(895 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I would think that the VP will not get any closer to W Va than Youngstown or Pittsburgh. There are some great signs on the W Va turnpike (I77) showing what West Virginians think about the messiah and his administration. Go Mitt, get this country back on the right track.

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12gordy850(22 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Ever since the Aut Mori Grotto clowns went away I was sad, but then Joe Biden came along and he made me laugh again! This guy is a bloop, who cares what he has to say about anything!

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13southsidedave(4860 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

They certainly know how to stump for votes in just the "right" places.

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14JoeFromHubbard(1139 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

@ sue:

I would never do anything to hurt the Delphi workers....I have friends who work(ed) there.

That was strictly Obama's backhanded deal.

Non-union = non-support from the administration.

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15redeye1(4714 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have said it many times. If you look at JB he will remind you of "Old Walter" Of the Jeff Dunham show. You know the dummy with Jeff's hand up his arse and speaking for him. I wonder who has their hand up JB"S arse now. He seems to remember where he's at now. LOL

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16diogenes(19 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It's good of mayor Hill to show respect for our Vice President. However, how can he support Romney? If Romney had been President and didn't allow the auto bailout, Lordstown might very well be a ghost town today.

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17redeye1(4714 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

diogenes Then again Lordstown would probably still be there. No ones really knows for sure , now do they!

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18Klink(36 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey, it's labor day. The Democrats are for people that work for a living. Give them this week. If we have a week for the rich, give it to Rooney. He knows what it is like to have an elevator in his garage to move his cars around.

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19JoeFromHubbard(1139 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

@ Klink:

Other than retirees (who did) and welfare recipients, most people do work for a living.

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