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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.


1redeye1(5535 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

You see the DOG (Depend on Gov't) party leader is running scared. Because Romney's visit caused such a stir with him. Betras did you ever work on a line at GM? I'll bet never..

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2Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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3Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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4redeye1(5535 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Has the population forgotten how this president cost alot of people their jobs. Oh wait, they weren't union, They only worked in dealerships that Obama DEMANDED to be closed so that the big Corporation could get bailed out. It wasn't only those poor people , but the people who worked for the different suppliers ( auto body shops , parts stores ) to those dealerships who lost income so they had to cut back too.

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5thinkthentalk(308 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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6faith(200 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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7thinkthentalk(308 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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8redeye1(5535 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Faith How can you say Obama, the working peoples choice. That's BULL!!!!! This guy Obama caused alot of people their jobs when he DEMANDED that these companys closed down so many dealerships to get the bailout money. I know those people weren't union so who cares right! Well i care and i will not vote for a guy that i consider as being two-faced. He's only for the union people. I will be voting for anyone else but HIM.

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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1183 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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10faith(200 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months 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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