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Dems react to Romney Mahoning Valley visit



Published: Mon, March 5, 2012 @ 2:22 p.m.

WARREN — Mahoning County Democratic Chairman David Betras thanked GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney for coming to Youngstown today because he said it "bolstered President Obama's re-election chances."

Betras attacked Romney's support for financial bailouts and lambasted the GOP frontrunner for previously saying he would "let Detroit go bankrupt," a reference to American auto manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler, which both received financial assistance from the federal government.

"He has no idea how it is to work on a line," Betras said. "He's willing to say anything to get elected."

Betras said the Lordstown plant would have been "mothballed" along with the "thousands of other spin off jobs" created by the plant had Romney been president at the time.

As for the president, "He bet on us, and the bet paid off," said Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1714.

Betras also applauded the 210,000 private-sector Ohio jobs created under Obama's presidency.


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1Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

So, where are the Democrats at in addressing the injustice done to the Delphi retirees? Being silent doesn't make it go away, now does it?

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2Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Voters, if the Democrats CHOOSE not to fix the Delphi retiree issue, they will throw YOU under the bus, as well...

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3jimmyd123(195 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

"He has no idea how it is to work on a line," Betras said. "He's willing to say anything to get elected."

LOOK WHO'S CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK DAVE...

I'm 99.999% sure you said whatever you had to to be elected as Democratic Chairman.. And when was the last time you did any type line work????

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4m8ke_the_call(104 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

We gave GM money, and they went bankrupt anyways and had to go through restructuring.

If Romney had been president we would not have bailed GM out and lost the money, and they would have went through bankruptcy restructuring anyways.

Obama is an idiot, the UAW is run by criminals, and Romney has the right idea. End of story.

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5commoncitizen(949 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I wonder who is PAYING Dave Green to be campaigning when he should be working, or does he get to pick what hours he works? It's amazing that he gets paid by GM to go out and campaign on company time.
Why isn't Dave Green "campaigning" for the Delphi retirees? Oh yeah, they were salaried workers.
Delphi, Obama only helps the UNION workers!!

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6thinkthentalk(257 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I think it was smart for Romney to come to youngstown. All he needs is at least 6 votes out of the 10 republicans in this valley to get the delegate from this district.
Curious, why didnt he stump at V M Star Steel. No wait, was he against that stimulus and the jobs it created? Or, is VM not a company that Bain owns?

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7faith(200 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I am glad dave & dave were not afraid to call it like it is. If we did not help GM they would still be in bankruptcy and the great recession would have turned into a depression. Tax cuts and less regulation is mitts platform. If that stuff worked, we never would have had a great recession. Obama in 2012, the working peoples choice.

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8thinkthentalk(257 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Romney created a stir? They had to bus in students from austintown and lordstown to make the crowd look bigger. If i buy 5 of my buddys a beer to vote for Ron Paul tomorrow, Ron Paul will win in Mahoning county. GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!

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9grandmagina(14 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Betras is a jerk. Go Romney. We need obama out of the white house. We need a president that cares for our country. I always registered democrat, not anymore, Tomorrow I will register to vote as a Republican,

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1172 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Maybe Obama should have given a blank check to GM like Bush did to wallstreet. Bush gave Wallstreet 800 Billion and wallstreet gives huge bonuses to CEO's. Yea that was worth it. I am sure Michigan residents are proud of their man, willing to let auto industry die. At least romney barely squeaked out a win there.

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11faith(200 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

redeye, you will vote for anyone but a democrat so whatever. The majority of the jobs saved with the auto loans were non union jobs. Its the spin off jobs stupid. One GM/UAW worker creates 7-10 other jobs. Yes he saved some union jobs, but the majority of the jobs saved are non-union. Many of the dealers that closed need to close. As for the Delphi folks, GM also screwed the IBEW, IUE, and pattern makers union and non-union workers. The UAW retirees kept their health care because the VEBA was set up in 2007 and they kept their pensions because they have good negotiators. Obama is the only choice in 2012, that is a fact!

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12m8ke_the_call(104 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

>"Obama is the only choice in 2012, that is a fact!"
>Look and see that there are more than just Democrats and Republicans on Presidential ballot, making it obvious that there are multiple choices
>Realize Faith doesn't know what a fact is

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