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Romney stand-ins stump ahead of Obama's visit today



Published: Fri, July 6, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

POLAND

The day before Barack Obama’s visit today to the Mahoning Valley, two of Mitt Romney’s top surrogates criticized the Democratic president’s economic policies.

During a Thursday stop in the parking lot of Eastwood Field in Niles, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, both considered potential vice-presidential running mates for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told The Vindicator that Obama needs to be held accountable for the decisions he’s made during his time as president.

“His time in office has been a failure,” Pawlenty said during an interview on Romney’s campaign bus. “Forty consecutive months of above-8-percent unemployment, lowest business formation rate in 30 years — he’s broken his promises to the country.”

Obama has asked to be held accountable, Pawlenty said, and he “hasn’t delivered.”

“Clearly, the president can’t run on his track record, can’t run on his results, can’t run on his broken promises,” Jindal said. “Instead, he’s running a campaign of divide and blame.”

Obama is visiting Mahoning County today.

The president will tour Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman at 9:40 a.m., according to his campaign. The event at the food manufacturing facility is closed to the public and journalists, except for pool press members.

Obama then goes to Dobbins Elementary School in Poland. He will give a speech to an invitation-only crowd of about 200 to 250 supporters at 10:45 a.m.

The president’s visit to the Valley, as part of his two-day “Betting on America” bus tour, is the only stop on the five-city trip that is closed to the general public.

The campaign’s announcement about the tour states Obama “will talk about his efforts over the last three years to get our economy back on track, doubling down on American workers by saving the auto industry, investing in manufacturing, and bringing jobs back to America.”

When asked about the Obama campaign on the auto bailout of GM and Chrysler, Jindal said, “Certainly, the industry is stronger than it was a few years ago, but I think it’s premature for the president to declare victory the way he is.”

GM, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze at its Lordstown complex, earned its largest profit ever in 2011, $7.6 billion.

During a Thursday press conference, David Green, president of the United Auto Workers Local 1714 at Lordstown GM, said Obama saved the auto industry with the $82 billion government bailout/rescue.

Green was joined by a small group of local Democrats at the Poland Township Administration Building, near Dobbins Elementary School, to welcome the president back to the Valley.

Obama is moving the country forward while Romney “will take us back to the failed policies of the past,” Green said.

State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, said at the press conference that Obama continues “to fight for the middle class,” while Romney’s business record “is one of broken promises and shattered dreams.”

Jindal and Pawlenty started a two-day bus tour, called the “Middle-Class Promise Gap,” on Thursday, visiting the areas Obama is going to as part of his bus tour. About 160 people attended the Niles event.

Jindal and Pawlenty are going to the president’s stops ahead of him.

“We want to remind folks that [while] the president gives a great speech,” the “time for speeches is over. We need action.”

When asked about their interest in being Romney’s running mate, both were noncommittal.

Pawlenty said the two of them were Romney surrogates well before “all the vice president talk started.”

Jindal added: “Both of us feel compelled to speak out because we know America is at a” crucial point in its history, and the nation can’t afford another four years of Obama.

“We’re both working as hard as we can to make sure he’s a one-term president.”

Today is Obama’s first re-election visit to the area, but his eighth stop in the Mahoning Valley, dating back to a June 20, 2007, fundraiser at the Boardman home of local businessman Herb Washington.

Ohio is expected to be a key state in the presidential election.

“I think Ohio will help elect the next president of the United States,” Jindal said. “Everybody’s always talking about how Ohio is a very important state. It’s extremely important again.”


Comments

1VindyPost(436 comments)posted 2 years ago

In 3 very short years...a significant and impressive Obama Resume.

To: Pawlenty & Jindal and those Alike
Perhaps Let's Refresh One's Amnesia

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/maga...

*Now, the Fifty (50) Obama Accomplishments:

1. Passed Health Care Reform
2. Passed the Stimulus
3. Passed Wall Street Reform
4. Ended the War in Iraq
5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry
8. Recapitalized Banks
9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:
10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi
11. Told Mubarak to Go!
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies
13. Improved America’s Image Abroad
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending
15. Created Race to the Top
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis
18. Passed Mini Stimuli
19. Began Asia “Pivot”:
20. Increased Support for Veterans
21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran
22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants
23. Passed Credit Card Reforms
24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws
25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court
26. Improved Food Safety System
27. Achieved New START Treaty
28. Expanded National Service
29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection
30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco
31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders
32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act
33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense
34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown
35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission
36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology
37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests
38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges
39. Improved School Nutrition
40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections
41. Avoided Scandal
42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill
43. Created Recovery.gov
44. Pushed Broadband Coverage
45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children
46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide
47. Expanded Stem Cell Research
48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers
49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence
50. Killed the F-22

And George get out of your little Crawford Cocoon and Face Our Nation -- you were 100% responsible for this Crisis.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years ago

•Obama has overhauled the food safety system
•Advanced women's rights in the work place
•Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military
•Stopped defending DOMA in court.
•Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
•Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
•Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can't afford it.
•Expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
•Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
•Invested in clean energy.
•Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
•While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
•He created a Elizabeth Warren's dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
•He's done a lot for veterans
•He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.

None of these things were priorities for Republicans. They actively opposed, directly or indirectly through obstruction, every single item on this list. In fact, they succeeded in killing a Cap & Trade bill in the Senate after it had passed through the House.

All of these things are improvements that would not have occurred under a McCain-Palin administration. Moreover, a McCain-Palin administration would have moved in the other direction on most of these issues, or come up with even worse compromises.

•He's killed Osama Bin Laden
•Eliminated several other Al-Qaeda leaders
•Ended the War in Iraq
•Begun the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan
•End-run Republican obstructionism by recess-appointing Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Board.

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3Ypboy(50 comments)posted 2 years ago

You people who support Obama, who looks like your Mama are so funny. It's now wonder you are struggling in the once prosperous valley. You have no idea what is going on. Hint: look at the national debt and look what the Dems have not done to get it under control as we wind down the wars and increase our domestic entitlements. You people deserve to live in poverty because you are so stupid. Enjoy your misery.

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years ago

http://obamaachievements.org/list

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5Knightcap(682 comments)posted 2 years ago

Somebody better get a tent over this circus. If Poland were smart they would put up some OVI checkpoints. There's going to be a lot of intoxicated koolaid morons leaving the circus. Ringmaster Kardashian should hold up the national debt clock when he barks so the idiots can cheer as the debt sinks deeper out of control. Hagan will have the applause sign lit everytime Obama mentions tax.

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6AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 2 years ago

Do ya think he'll stop by Lordstown and show off the campaign bus he had made special for him in Canada? Yep, "Betting On America" -- betting voters won't wise up.

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7DwightK(1236 comments)posted 2 years ago

It's unbelievable that these republicans would come to the fastest recovering economic area in the state and tell us the president's policies are failing. Didn't they do their homework before the visit?

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8Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 2 years ago

why don't you go look at what has Romney done. You guys are fooling yourself that things are going to turn around with a republican in office. They will rule the world and we will be rice patty farmers/slaves for them. They will get rid of social security and this country will completely go belly up. I think Canada is looking better.

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9DOLE2(594 comments)posted 2 years ago

Soon Mao banners hanging in our streets and nobody will even question it.

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10anothermike(203 comments)posted 2 years ago

Lets see: Terrorists from Saudi Arabia hijack planes and crash them into the World Trade Centers under the direction of Osama Bin Laden and kill over 3 thousand innocent Americans....In retailiation, George W. and Dick Cheney declare war on Iraq. Now, the teabag party thinks we need to elect another identical pair that use the same rationale in hopes of attempting to put America on the correct (in their opinion) path.....

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11walter_sobchak(1849 comments)posted 2 years ago

This is very simple. Obama has been in office for 3 1/2 years, put the US trillions more in debt, and what does he have to show for it? Anemic growth, 8.2% unemployment, stagnant economy, and absolutely no answers but to blame the GOP and rich, white men. He believes the private sector is doing fine but we need to increase govt spending...er, I mean, investment! He has no answers!

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12endthismess(303 comments)posted 2 years ago

It gonna be cryin time soon folks...wave to the hand which marks the ballot Obamama and mama! Go join your punky, mouthy little pal Raum Emanuel in Chicago...and see why he'll soon be the new poster boy for another wanna be with no experience.....maybe Raum can find a few seats in his mayor's cabinet for Obamama and Tootie as his newly overpaid "advisors". NO vote coming from me, and ...I never gave him my vote to begin with...saw all this pie in the sky nonsense plus a hugh lack of experience coming before tootie ever ordered her yellow dress for the swearing in.

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13georgejeanie(766 comments)posted 2 years ago

Why did not this President go to where 95% of the blackl population that got him elected are located, in the inner city called the ghetto. No money there except on welfare day,m that is why. Had to go to Poland to pander to the people with money. He knows he already has the black vote locked up as long as he keeps the freebies coming, so why go there? 8.2% unemployment, a new healthcare system with 27000 new pages of rules and regulations, but if this thing is not overturned within a generation or two ev erybody will forget what we had in the best healthcare system in the world. Let this socialist keep up and we all will be living in the ghetto, that way everyone will be equal.

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14ysuwin(57 comments)posted 2 years ago

35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission

That's an accomplishment??? How? It's one of his biggest pitfalls.

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15fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 2 years ago

if you truly believe in god you will never vote for this antichrist

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16cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

More private sector jobs created in three and a half years of the Obama administration than the twelve years of both of the bush's administrations combined. All those jobs were created while the teabagger/republicans did everything they could to obstruct anything that could lead to success for America.

romney sent jobs overseas and when he made his money from running business into the ground he sent that money overseas as well.

romney not only wants to keep the tax cuts for the top 1% he says he will make their tax cuts deeper and will take away any regulations created by Obama.

romney makes $56,000 a day, pays a tax rate less than 14% and wants a tax cut. He has not filed his taxes for last year yet. Wounder why? If you are making less than $500,000 a year and you vote for him you are a moron.

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17LtMacGowan(633 comments)posted 2 years ago

I don't see why we're rehashing this yet again. None of us are really probably going to change our opinions. I know I'll be voting for Obama yet again and be proud to do so.

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18cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

rustedhulk....You need to brush up on your knowledge of structural steel and how those buildings were actually built and you'll know why they collapsed.

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19anothermike(203 comments)posted 2 years ago

The teabag republican party has an answer for absolutely everything...it's NO........

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20cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

rustedhulk....no offense but I know all about structural steel, how those buildings were built and why they collapsed. I don't want to debate people with conspiracy theories. I've tried in the past and its like pushing a rope. I don't believe for one second that bush or anyone else in our government had anything to do with 911.

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21cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

redeye1....I've worked in commercial and industrial construction 35 years, the last 15 in design. I've been in the World Trade Center and I know exactly how they were built. You can believe me or not, doesn't really matter to me.

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22cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

redeye1....Since you've worked on steel framed buildings you will know what I'm talking about.

A building like the Empire State Building has perimeter vertical columns and vertical columns in the interior of the building. Largest and heaviest at the bottom lighter as it goes up for obvious reasons. What a building like that also has is horizontal steel beams tying the vertical columns together. You could never knock that building down.

The World Trade Center had perimeter vertical steel columns, very light weight vertical columns to frame the stair wells, mechanical shafts and elevator shafts. That's it. They used trusses in the interior that tie the perimeter columns together then Q-deck and light weight concrete floor, I would guess four inches thick. It was built that way so they could have open floor plans. Tennant's could just throw up walls but every floor is wide open without them. All the weight is on the perimeter columns.

When the plane flew into the building it damaged the steel at the point of impact and the fire got so hot and there was so much weight above the point of impact the integrity of the steel was compromised and it had to collapse. The second building hit fell first because it was hit lower.

So instead of the those buildings being steel and concrete they were mostly air and glass.

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23IslandMike(747 comments)posted 2 years ago

Obama tours Ohio and Pa., while the Mitt-Flopper is on vacation. Don't you need a job to "GO ON VACATION?"

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24cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

redeye1....havn't been to NY in years. If you go, have great time.

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2576Ytown(1209 comments)posted 2 years ago

Who is Barack Obama?
In fact, he is:
• A man with no birth certificate.
• A man who was deserted in childhood by his biological father.
• A man whose birth records, both in the United States and Kenya, are sealed by government order.
• A man whose childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, spied on U.S. military installations in Hawaii for the Soviet Union, edited a communist newspaper, authored pornographic novels, and wrote poetry in praise of Joseph Stalin.
• A man mentored by and still supported by radical Muslims.
• A man who promised transparency in government, but has spent over a million dollars in legal fees hiding information that would deter mine his eligibility to be President.
• A former drug user.
• A man whose academic records are sealed from kindergarten through law school.
• A man who arrived in New York in June of 1981 without enough money to get a hotel room, but one month later flew to Indonesia and Pakistan ...
• Why did he go?
• Who paid his expenses?
• A man who traveled to Pakistan when it was illegal for U.S. citizens to do so. So what country's passport did he use?

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2676Ytown(1209 comments)posted 2 years ago

• A man whose Law School Admission Test scores and grades at Columbia University are known to have been mediocre, but was admitted to Harvard Law School through the intervention of a Saudi named Khalid al-Mansour.
• A law review editor who never published an article in any law review.
• A lawyer with no significant accomplishments in the law and no reputation in the legal community.
• A former State and U.S. Senator, who never authored a piece of legislation.
• A disciple of the Marxist Saul Alinsky.
• A product of the Chicago political machine -- the most corrupt political organization in America.
• A man who selects Marxists, corrupt politicians, and criminals as his close political associates and personal friends.
• A man whose presidential candidacy was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, the Socialist International, and the Workers International League.
• A man lauded for the literary brilliance of two memoirs, both of which were ghostwritten by others.
• A so-called Christian who says that knowing when human life begins is "above his pay-grade," but somehow knows that abortion is permissible at any stage.
• A man who thinks " waterboarding" is immoral, but that partial-birth abortion is moral.
• A man who publicly laments slavery in America -- which was abolished 150 years ago -- but praises Islam, which still practices both slavery and the sexual mutilation of young girls.
• A man who speaks endlessly about helping the less fortunate, but gives almost none of his sizeable income to charity -- not even to his half-brother, who is living in squalor in Kenya.
• A man who had the most left-wing voting record in the United State Senate, but was predicted by the press to "govern from the middle."
• A man who has never created a job, met a payroll, or even operated a lemonade stand, but wants to tell Detroit how to make cars.
• A President who has never before served as an executive in either the private or the public sector.
• A Commander-in-Chief who doesn't know how to shoot a rifle, throw a hand-grenade, drive a tank, fly a plane, or con a ship.
• A Commander-in-Chief who has publicly divulged some of our nation's most important intelligence secrets.
• A man who has been put in charge of the largest economic engine that ever existed, but has never invested in the stock market and admits total ignorance of it.
• A President who says that science will guide his administration, but has no education in the sciences.
• A man who is proficient in reading what is written for him on a teleprompter, but jerks and stammers his way through any off-the-cuff speaking.

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2776Ytown(1209 comments)posted 2 years ago

• A man whose health records are sealed from childhood to the present day.
• A man whose educational records are sealed from childhood through law school.
• A man who spent 20 years in a church whose pastor espouses Marxist Liberation Theology, anti-Americanism, anti-capitalism, and anti-Semitism, but claims he never heard his pastor utter anti-American and anti-Semitic statements.
• A man who added more to the National Debt in 100 days than all other Presidents did in the past 220 years, yet feels qualified to lecture Americans about financial responsibility.

Are you still sure this is who we want to lead our nation?

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28cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

Obama 2012

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29VindyPost(436 comments)posted 2 years ago

Obama 2012

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3076Ytown(1209 comments)posted 2 years ago

President Obama, Please explain:
1. Occidental College records -- Not released
2. Columbia College records -- Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper -- "Not available"
4. Harvard College records -- Not released
5. Selective Service Registration -- Not released
6. Medical records -- Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule -- Not available
8. Your Illinois State Senate records -- Not available
9.. Law practice client list -- Not released
10. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate -- Not released
11. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth -- Not released
12. Record of your baptism -- Not available
13. Why your wife, Michelle, can no longer practice law as an attorney? (Insurance Fraud?_
14. Why your wife has 22 assistants, when other First Ladies had one?
15. Why were you getting "foreign student aid" as a college student?
16. Which countries "passport" did you have when you visited Pakistan in 1981?
Oh and one more thing Mr.. President, I can't seem to find any articles you published as editor of the Harvard Law Review, or as a Professor at the University of Chicago. Can you explain that to me, Sir?

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31IslandMike(747 comments)posted 2 years ago

GM is ALIVE
Bin Laden is DEAD

Obama 2012!!!

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32Klink(36 comments)posted 2 years ago

Let’s see, Romney’s philosophy, buy companies and send the jobs to foreign countries. Invest his money in foreign tax haven countries like the Grand Cayman Islands. But, he wants to be America’s President. Doesn’t sound too American to me.

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33walter_sobchak(1849 comments)posted 2 years ago

cambridge,
We don't agree on much but we will on the WTC. I am a structural engineer in the steel fabrication industry and a member of AISC. There was no direct conspiracy to take these buildings down. Definitely an intelligence failing.

The airliner impacts did not directly drop the structures. The impact did take out numerous columns but the structure, due to redundancy, was able to bridge over the impact area. SImialr to when the WTC was hit in the 90's in the basement level. The jet fuel (kerosene) was like lighter fluid and it ignite all the combustibles in the building; paper, furniture, wood trim, etc. The resulting FIRES caused the steel bar joists to deflect. Bar joists were laid out in a "doughnut" plan pattern around the center core of the structure where the elevators and stairs were located. Once the deflection became to great, the bar joists pulled away from the coulmns and the floors started to pancake. This overloaded the floor below the collapsed floor. Not to mention, when the column loses a beam, the unsupported height is doubled to two floor heights. SInce the column strength varies by the square of the height (roughly speaking) the strength of that column is about 1/4. Overloading and pancaking floors and the buildings peeled like a banana.

Interestingly, the second tower hit collapsed first. This is because corner columns were taken out of this building. Now, if you believe in conspiracies, you believe that this was planned to happen that way to throw off the investigators. You also have to believe that the Pentagon also was rigged with explosives and the plane hit exactly where they were planted.

Now, back to Obama. He can no longer blame this on anuone else; it is his economy. Unfortunately, when he took office, he wasted his first two years with democrat majorities and did little to foster an environment to create jobs. (Gays in the military?) He selected the winners and the losers and it shows. He is out of answers and out of money. Time to give someone else a shot! The solution IMHO is to cut domestic corporate tax rates, eliminate off-shore shelters, and exempt the first $25K of income from the payroll tax to put money in the pockets of the normal people.

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34cambridge(2969 comments)posted 2 years ago

walter.... Thanks for a more professional explanation. After I posted I realized I didn't say that there were horizontal beams on the perimeter at every floor, just not much inside.

Detailers for mechanical contractors probably shouldn't try and explain structural steel.

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35Steelworker58(1 comment)posted 2 years ago

Where's President Obama's visit to RG Steel in Warren? Gee no bail out for the steelworkers. I forgot we are one of those evil smokestack industries he and his friends hate so much. I hope the people of this valley see he is no friend of ours. The closing of RG Steel won't have the impact that shutting down Lordstown would have, but hopefully there will be an impact in November.

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36IslandMike(747 comments)posted 2 years ago

FairandEqual,

Would you like a tissue? Quit crying, you sound like a little kid. You repeat the same thing over and over again. Bush ran the country in the ground and caused an economic tsunami. Sorry to say it but you can kiss it good-bye. you should not have been so dependent upon others. That's what the repubs will tell you.

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37AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years ago

WILLARD,

The Repubs didn't want you 4 years ago.
America certainly does NOT want you now.

OBAMA 2012

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38southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 2 years ago

Politics a s usual...they only care about their special interests and not the people

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