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.