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Romney done addressing the crowd in Youngstown



Published: Mon, March 5, 2012 @ 2:07 p.m.

Romney done addressing the crowd in Youngstown

Staff report

Youngstown

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has left the stage at Taylor-Winfield Technologies after a town-hall meeting in front of a crowd of about 500 people.

"The median income in America has dropped 10 percent in four years. The best thing I can do is make this area a good place for businesses to locate," he told the crowd as he ended his 45-minute session.

"Give me your vote tomorrow. Get out and vote."

A veteran of the town-hall-style give-and-take, Romney stuck closely to his stump speeches in responses to questions.

"You're going to make a choice tomorrow toward a brighter future. If I become your nominee ... I will shrink the size of government," Romney told the group. "This president is comfortable with trillion-dollar deficits. I'm not."

Romney also addressed Social Security concerns.

"Today, Medicare and Medicaid are running into financial distress. Social Security will be around if I'm president, and they will be solvent," he said. "I would raise the age for Social Security. To make Social Security and Medicare solvent, those with lower incomes will get higher benefits, and those with higher incomes wiill have lower benefits. That will balance Social Security."

One questioner asked him to discuss the differences between the so-called "Romneycare" and "Obamacare."

"Obamacare raises taxes by $500 billion. Obamacare cuts Medicare. Obamacare makes health care worse, not better," he said.

"I will repeal Obamacare if I'm elected president on day one by executive order and get it repealed through Congress."

Romney visited one of the most Democratic cities in Ohio the day before the state and nine others hold Republican primaries and caususes.

Joining Romey in Youngstown is U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, his Ohio campaign chairman.

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Romney crowd swells to 500 and is SRO

Staff report

Youngstown

About 500 people are now in place at Taylor-Winfield Technologies for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney's town-hall forum.

Reporter Dave Skolnick said the crowd was standing room only at about 11:40 a.m.

The crowd will include about 75 Autsintown-Fitch and Lordstown high schools students. Romney is expected to speak shortly after noon.

Romney is visiting one of the most Democratic cities in Ohio the day before the state and nine others hold Republican primaries and caususes.

Joining Romey in Youngstown is U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, his Ohio campaign chairman.

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Anti-Romney protestors not allowed on Taylor-Winfield Technologies property

Staff report

Youngstown

About a dozen protestors organized by the Mahoning County Democratic Party have been moved to about 300 feet from the site of Mitt Romney's town-hall forum.

Romney, who is vying for the GOP’s presidential bid, is in Youngstown Monday for the forum at Taylor-Winfield Technologies, a metalworking-machinery company at 3200 Innovation Place in Youngstown’s Salt Springs Industrial Park, off Meridian Road.

Reporters have converged on the scene. The forum will be streamed live on wfmj.com at noon.

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Democrats plan protest at Romney’s town hall in Youngstown

Staff report

Youngstown

David Betras, the Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, is organizing a protest against Republican Mitt Romney.

Romney, who is vying for the GOP’s presidential bid, will be in Youngstown Monday for a town-hall forum at Taylor-Winfield Technologies, a metalworking-machinery company at 3200 Innovation Place in Youngstown’s Salt Springs Industrial Park, off Meridian Road.

The forum is expected to begin about noon, and those attending have been asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m.

Betras said anyone wishing to participate in the protest should meet at 10 a.m. at the Democratic Party headquarters, 3325 Mahoning Ave., in the Mahoning Plaza.

“We’re asking anyone who wants to come out to do so,” Betras said.

The Democratic Party and United Auto Workers Local 1714 also plan a press conference to respond to Romney’s comments after the town hall.

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YOUNGSTOWN

Mitt Romney, one of the front-runners for the Republican presidential bid, will be the first of the GOP candidates to campaign in the Mahoning Valley.

Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe, Romney's campaign chairman in the county, and the candidate's campaign confirmed tonight to The Vindicator that the former Massachusetts governor will be in Youngstown on Monday.

The day before Super Tuesday, Romney will have a town-hall forum about noon at Taylor-Winfield Technologies, a metalworking-machinery company at 3200 Innovation Place in Youngstown’s Salt Springs Industrial Park, off Meridian Road.

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to arrive around 11:30 a.m.

“We’re appreciative he’s coming here the day before the all-important Super Tuesday in the all-important state of Ohio," Munroe said. "To come to the Mahoning Valley speaks volumes about the importance of this region to the Romney campaign.”

None of the three other Republican presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — have visited the Valley during their campaigns.

For the complete story, read Sunday's Vindicator or Vindy.com


Comments

1James_S(268 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Ron Paul 2012

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2howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Dr Jill Stein for President 2012!.
Vote GREEN you do have a CHOICE

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

You do have an CHOICE!
Ask for a Green Party ballot on Tuesday.
I am running for Mahoning County Commissioner (Howard Markert).
Jim Villani for County Recorder.
Joseph Rosario DeMare (write in) for US Senate (he needs 500 votes to be on the November ballot).

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4Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Government intervention in the GM/Delphi bankruptcies allows over 500,000 retirees to receive 100% of their pensions, while slashing those of 22,000 Delphi retirees by 30-70%! If this travesty is not fixed, then it can happen to YOU! President Obama must restore the FULL earned pensions of the Delphi retirees!

Join the fight to correct this injustice by visiting www.facebook.kom/DelphiRetirees and www.twitter.kom/DelphiRetirees Share these pages with your friends also!

Let's send a message to Washington and make Obama live up to his words that "if you work hard and play by the rules then you've earned your pension". Here is the video of his promise - http://tinyurl.com/89xdwx4

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5LtMacGowan(646 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Hoozah for the Obama supporters. I'm coming out to join you. To show our valley supports Obama and the Democratic Party!

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

WOW 500,000 retirees getting their pension , from 22000 Delphi salary retirees .
HOW much pension did you get that you can make up for 5000000 other retirees . It must be a lot .

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7yng00128(67 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

i hope he doesnt have his dog attached to the roof of the bus when he arrives.......Oh wait what am i thinking, Betras will be there protesting so he would sue Romney for animal abuse.....

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8georgejeanie(849 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The dumbpcrats are alive and well I see. No matter what a Republicans says is no good. He could say he is going to bring good paying jobs to the valley and the dumbocrats woood find fault with that. If I were you I would not put all my eggs in one basket. When Romney wins, he will forget the valley just like the dumbocrats do. What goes around comes around.

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9redeye1(4576 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Saddad Obama is clueless on what really needs to be done to right the country. He 's letting gas prices go through the roof. That alone is going to harm our fragile economy. He feels $5.00 a gallon for gas is acceptable. I would be fotr it , if I wasn't paying for my gas like he isn't. You are right its not dumbocrats, it is Demoncrats !!!!!!!!!!

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10commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

sdadad, like the sying goes "if you didn't vote for Obama before you where a racist, if you vote for him NOW your and idiot". Place your self where you want

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11WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Redeye,
Gas prices are going through the roof because of Iran's saber-rattling in the Middle East. Speculators are getting nervous that Israel will attack Iran, so they are the ones that are causing the price to go up. The President has little control over the price of oil. Do you actually read or listen to the news, I mean from a source other than Faux News? I imagine you stand right beside Limbaugh, too. I might be a "dumbocrat," but you, sir, sound like a Republitard to me.

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12redeye1(4576 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

What How come when prices went up in Bush's term as president the D party blamed him. If this arsehole would allow more drillling , allow the pipeline in S Dakota, Quit putting all the regs on the Oil companies, the prices would drop. But no,He's the one that stated he could see $5.00 a gallon gas prices. as acceptable. This guy as the leader of the D (Depend on Gov't) party, is clueless, all he is worry about is own job. I can just hope the rest of the people see it before its too late.

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13Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Voters, if the Democrats CHOOSE not to fix the Delphi retiree issue, they will throw YOU under the bus, as well. RIGHT the WRONG Democrats! Or don't you stand up for the oppressed any more?

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14Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

WOW 500,000 retirees getting their pension , from 22000 Delphi salary retirees .
HOW much pension did you get that you can make up for 5000000 other retirees .
How stupid do you guys from Delphi salary think the voters are . You did not work for GM for 10 years get over it
You did this to your self

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15redeye1(4576 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

if this president in office is for all the working class. Why don't you ask the people who lost their jobs when he DEMANDED that so many car dealers be shut down for the bailout. . That was just one point, what about all the companies that worked with these dealers, auto body shops, parts store etc. they also lost workers due to these cuts in their income.

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16thinkthentalk(266 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

i was gonna go see him today, but it was too cold to wear fliip flops.

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17thinkthentalk(266 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Remember when Bush went to Iraq and the guy threw a shoe at him? If Romney went there, they would throw a flip flop at him.

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18doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

toycannon -- Youngstown and the region IS doing well. Maybe you should leave. You and your buddies, commoncit, redvert, jessie, etc, etc...You and your lousy defeatist whining attitudes can always pack up and move south....You wouldn't be missed.

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19danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He reminds me of a creepy slick used car salesman, i can imagine him throwing his head back and laughing, "Yuck Yuck Yuck". Not a trustworthy type, thats for sure, that being said, i guess he picked the right line of work...

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20redeye1(4576 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

toycannon You can't argue with these people , they are clueless. If someone doesn't tell them what to do they can't do it. They all drink the kool-aid the D (DEPEND on GOV"T) party feeds them. If things would really improve around here what would they have to moan and groan about. If we all moved who would support them.? LOL

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21AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Possibility our future president comes to town and nothing positive can be said about him. All his supporters(?) have NOTHING good to say. All the repubs on here posting only slam the Dems and say nothing note worthy of Romney.

Somebody should tell Romney that high school students cannot vote. Well at least it makes his crowd look big. Inviting highschoolers to a rally is like kasich going to Hanoverton looking to pass sb5. It does them no good.

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22bsdtwd(40 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

And the clown show moves on. The GOP is a joke. They've allowed their party to become a pool of racist haters. They've offended everyone. If Obama cured cancer or found a cure for the common cold, the GOP/Repub's would still find only fault and zero acknowledgement or credit. I now know how an entire Country like Germany could all be turned into hateful killers. The Limbaugh types have no opinion or original thought until after his show.Same with Fox/Faux News. The GOP leaders are afraid to put him in his place as well as wimpy and weird Romney dodged saying anything to offend Rushbo (AKA Oxybo). Good Luck. See Ya in Tampa.

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23LtMacGowan(646 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Ill be glad when President Obama wins this election and he can stop trying to play ball with both sides in the center and move further to the left and start hammering out legislation. Like at least a public option to go with his health care reform measure maybe even nationalizing health care.

Oh I can't wait! Its almost like Christmas for Atheists

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24young2012(10 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Critics hit Romney job-creation record
Cite workers that left Massachusetts on Washington Times 02/27/12.
On Romney's job creation & unemployment rate reduction, please go to this website. The website states his claims are not true.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2...
please read the following comment originally posted in azcental.com on
sunnyday6 Feb-27 @ 5:53 PM
Breaking News: Romney Lied During the Last Debate
This is only an issue because Romney has made it an issue by being pro-choice in MA and then flip flopping by claiming to be pro-life now. According to fact checkers Mitt Romney lied during his last debate. His health care plan did require the Catholic church to pay for free abortions and he did not consult church leaders yet he complains about Obama's health care plan for the same thing. What else will he lie about?
http://bostoncatholicinside...
He whines about federal spending yet he used 6 million of it to pay for rearranging the lawn chairs for the Olympics and his Confederate buddy Ron Paul spent 398 million a year. Now Paul is in trouble with a campaign donor for double dipping for travel expenses.
Romney whines about No Child Left Behind yet he supported it in 2006. H...e is such a hypocrite.
Romney whines about Arlen Specter but he voted for Paul Songas. What a hypocrite.
Breaking News: Confederate Kook Ron Paul Working for Romney
Ron Paul claims to like Ronald Reagan yet he has said "Ronald Reagan is a failure" and the "CIA deals drugs." Not only are his racist newsletters everywhere but now it is out there that his mentors were Confederates who hated Abraham Lincoln for keeping the union together. Now Romney is connected to extremists.
Profiting from the liquidation of businesses and rearranging the chairs at the Olympics does not qualify you to be president. He may pretend to be Mr. Main Street but we all know he is Mr Wall Street. Vote for Romney in any election? I don't think so.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politic...

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25Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Young2012,

the CIA does deal drugs and guns open your eyes... They were caught during the "Fast and Furious" campaign giving guns to the mexican cartels and in turn allowing those organizations to smuggle drugs and weapons back into the U.S. which were used in violent crimes, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunw...

I know wikipedia is a general encyclopedia, but take a look at this information just to give you a quick background on what the CIA and U.S. gov't did. Don't be so naive.

Ron Paul is a true patriot. Those who think he is a kook need stop being brain washed. Vote Ron Paul 2012.

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