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Biden, Clinton praise Obama at Valley rally

Published: Tue, October 30, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden and President Bill Clinton were in Youngstown today.

Vice President Joe Biden and President Bill Clinton were in Youngstown today.

By David Skolnick



Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton took turns praising President Barack Obama’s policies, and criticizing the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Biden said Monday at a rally at the Covelli Centre in this Democratic-dominated city, eight days before Election Day, that “Romney will say anything, absolutely anything to win, it seems. But he can’t hide from the truth.”

Biden specifically was talking about the Republican presidential nominee’s statements on the $82 billion federal government auto bailout in 2009 of General Motors and Chrysler.

The auto rescue is a hot-button issue nationally, but particularly important in the Mahoning Valley with the Chevrolet Cruze, the top-selling small car in the United States, built at the Lordstown GM complex. The facility employs about 4,500 workers.

Monday’s rally was supposed to feature Obama and Clinton, but instead the president chose to return to the White House after an Orlando, Fla., event earlier in the day with Clinton to monitor Hurricane Sandy, a major storm hitting the East Coast.

Replacing Obama, Biden made his third campaign appearance in the Mahoning Valley. It was the first time Biden and Clinton campaigned together this year.

“I know you were expecting the real president, the present president,” Biden said to a crowd of about 4,800 at the center.

“He’s doing the job the president is supposed to be doing,” Biden said of Obama.

Both Biden and Clinton commented about Romney’s latest TV commercial that states Chrysler is “going to build Jeeps in China.” Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, said last week in Defiance, Ohio, that he read an article that Jeep “is thinking of moving all production to China.”

A spokesman for Jeep said the company has no intention of shifting production out of North America, and is exploring the option of reopening its China operations.

Clinton called the ad “the biggest load of bull.”

As for Romney’s position on the bailout, Biden said only Romney “could think that liquidating an industry is the same thing as saving it.”

In response, Christopher Maloney, a Romney spokesman, said Biden “falsely claimed that Mitt Romney wanted to liquidate the auto industry, and was dishonest about the administration’s own record.”

Maloney added: “The Obama campaign is less concerned with engaging in a meaningful conversation about his failed policies and more concerned with arguing against facts about their record they dislike,” and referred to the “attacks” by the Obama campaign as “desperate.”

Most polls have Obama and Romney in a statistical dead heat in Ohio, considered one of the most important states up for grabs in this presidential election.

On the key issues — the economy, health care and energy — Obama is the better choice, Clinton said during his 33-minute speech.

Also, Clinton said Obama inherited a historically bad economy from former President George W. Bush, and Republicans are blaming him for not making a fast enough recovery during his nearly four years in the White House.

“Not a single person who’s ever served as the president of the United States, including me, could have repaired all that damage in four years,” Clinton said.

Biden sounded familiar themes while attacking Romney, saying he was willing to bend on foreign policy, but not on women’s issues. He also attacked Romney’s budget plan.

Biden said Romney and Ryan, a U.S. House member, are “running from their shadow, and you can’t outrun your shadow.”

As he wrapped up his 36-minute speech, Biden said, “America is not in decline,” but Romney and Ryan “are in denial.”

The numerous Democratic politicians at the rally said Clinton and Biden did an excellent job pointing out the differences between Obama and Romney.

“Clinton laid it out and Biden drove it home,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, who introduced the former president to the crowd. “Both of them hit Mitt Romney on his attempts to mask over his real positions, which got us into the jackpot in the first place.”

Former state Sen. Harry Meshel, who led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, said the rally helped “reaffirm” the president’s positions, and contrasted it to Romney’s record.

Mahoning County Democratic Chairman David Betras said after the event, “You felt the energy in here. The people of the Mahoning Valley love this president, love his policies.”

Ex-U.S. Rep. John Boccieri said Clinton and Biden were “spot-on when it comes to what the auto rescue means to Ohio. The vice president and [Clinton] were very specific [that] America is not in decline and better days are still ahead.”

Boccieri criticized Romney and Ryan for “running an extremely negative campaign.”

Boccieri, who lost a re-election bid in 2010, said he used to work out with Paul Ryan when they served in the House together.

“I can bench-press 100 pounds more than him,” Boccieri said with a laugh.


1downtown238(3 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

All of President Obama's Hurricane Sandy PR
will not make up for the horrible lack of leadership in BenGhazi. American's left to die in battle!! ... Abandoned by their commander in chief, who's only real concern is to be re-elected by any means he can devise so he can continue wrecking the USA with his far left social agenda.

The day after the terrorist attack he was in Nevada to campaign and the day of the hurricane he went to Florida to campaign and got right back on the plane because somebody told him he should be in Washington to "look presidential" Consider the taxpayer money spent on a wasted trip to Florida on Air Force One.
If president Obama worked for a corporation he would have been fired three years ago.

This rally was just more left-wing blah blah blah- take the easy way out - failed policies that just dig our country deeper in debt and solve none of the critical problems facing us. No substance... just empty criticism by a cast of characters who don't even have an understanding of basic economics. Shop-a-holics with Daddy's credit card buying votes and keeping people down and dependent on the Govt.

They should have at least brought in a few circus animals and a brass band to provide some entertainment for the audience. Cirque' Obama BenGhazi

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Those blue states including Mr Christie in NJ will hope Obama is there for them.


Mitt Romney In GOP Debate: Shut Down Federal Disaster Agency, Send Responsibility To The States

During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA's cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

"Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?"

"Including disaster relief, though?" debate moderator John King asked Romney.

"We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids," Romney replied. "It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we'll all be dead and gone before it's paid off. It makes no sense at all." The clip was flagged by HuffPost blogger Eric Zuesse.

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3VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

President Obama Will Absolutely Win the State of Ohio. He's Definately got it Wrapped; Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Ohioians saw what Kasich TRIED to pull off and realize Romney is the Same Kind. Reflubs Lost. (...they're buddies) Nobody can trust this Mitt Flip Flopper. Nooo-wayyy! Romney is just shadowing Obama where he sees approval and applauds.

Now, Obama Wins Ohio...There You Have It. Done deal. He's Our Re-Elected President! It's that simple.

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4Dagwood(503 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"The people of Mahoning Valley love this president and his policies"-Betras

You know who doesn't like this presdient and his policies?

Seniors 66% for Romney
US Military 3 to 1 Romney
Small Business Owners 61% Romney

Big Gov and Handouts thats Obama, its time to go back to work and start contributing to society, my vote is for Romney.

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5jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey natureman, I'm confused, if Romney gets elected, will he have inherited this economic mess from Obama or Bush?

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6topsailwatch(80 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

My laugh for the day. Biden saying that Romney will say anything to win. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black !!

Why is it that no one ever says anything about the Obama administration appointing all of the CZARS and without congressional approval??

How about the little children singing songs blaming their parents for the problems in our once great country ?? Frankly folks, it reminds me of how Hitler started with the Youth Corps ( or corpse as Obama would say)

I am scared that if Obama is re-elected we will be miserable for four more years and then some.

Please, for the sake of our country, vote for Romney whether you are a Democrat or Republican. !!

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7redeye1(5657 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

AAC Your a typical D party member who feels that they should only help themselves. But we are all americans and its the prez job to help all. Right! My question to you Is how much foreign help or aid will we recieve from our so-called world friends ?

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8jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Bad news Ytown:

My pal Guy Benson found a juicy nugget that helps to bring more clarity to the news from Gallup yesterday that shows Romney leading Obama in the early vote by a full seven points, 52-45%. Almost exactly four years ago (October 28, 2008), according to Gallup, Obama was massacring John McCain among early voters with a fifteen-point lead, 55-40%. That means, at least according to Gallup, that Obama's early vote advantage has dropped 22 points when compared to '08.

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9mrblue(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Sure, the people are fired up. Bill Clinton is a great speaker (better than Obama) and he is who the people came to see. Everybody knows that the valley will vote Democratic.

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Williard does not call them taxes. They are just FEES.


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11Ryan_Sharpe(7 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The middle class pays more taxes under the current administration’s leadership.  Check out the Forbes article that proves it (http://onforb.es/PCxEdl). We need a change in policies and leadership if in fact protecting the middle class is something the country and Ohio values.

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12walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Most of these posts miss the most important two questions about the event on Monday:
1. Did Joe know he was in Ohio?
2. Did Bubba, the Peyronie Kid, get hooked up?

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13AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


1. yes

2. yes, he hooked up with the middle class Ohioans.

Clinton and Biden have Class. Something your questions show none of.

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14DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, Klinton and Lewinsky. Very Classy. Biden the Blowhard, Lifelong Pig at the Government Trough. Also Very Classy.

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15walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

SORRY you are so touchy, AAC! I guess you must be watching too many polls. As for Bubba, I'm not the one that, in the OVAL OFFICE dropped my pants, stuck his bent penis in the young intern's mouth, soiled her blue dress and then lied about it to my wife and the Special Prosecutor, thus committing perjury and being disbarred, not to mention violate my wedding vows! Yes, sir, that is one classy stud! As for the VP, he couldn't find his a$$hole with a funnel!

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16reallytired(84 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I wondered why Clinton did not remind all the people there how he screwed this valley out of 6500 good paying goverment jobs in 1993. The people in this area semed to forget about the Pentagon Payroll Center that George Bush gave this valley. The Clinton came in after elected and pulled the project off us.That was the reward for being a loyal Democratic voting area.

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17jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Romney's Very Best Ad:


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18btucker(1 comment)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm in Columbiana County and am voting Republican. I don't want people who try to fool us, like Nick Barborak in office. See http://NoShowNick.com

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19farmforfun(15 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm tired of hearing how Obama saved the auto industry. Ask Bob Fredrick at Fredrick Motors or any one of his 50 employees who lost their jobs along with 1000's of other dealerships. I'm sure they would not agree. Or ask the coal miners union how Obama has saved their jobs. When will this valley learn.

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20cambridge(4132 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

the tbr's are soooo funny!

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21redeye1(5657 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

cambridge you are the funniest poster there is on this site. You see you are clueless and brainless and then you try to preach to the choir how good BO is. . If you had read Obamacare bill you would realize how stupid you really are. Its going raise medicare rates through the roof staring in 2014 Why do you think BO ( Blame Others) asked for it to start after this election. Check it out for yourself!

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22jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

natureman you're watching too many Dem commercials that are far fetched. Go back to my post 514. There you will see it from the horses mouth.

Get back to me after observing the ad, and tell me what you think.

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23jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Someone is lying about Benghazi.


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24dmacker(536 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

It really doesn't matter who is running for what public office. The good people of Youngstown listen to their hollow promises and fall at their feet.
After casting their votes they realize they were lied to again. This cycle just keeps repeating itself.
Will we ever learn. I think not.

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25andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Cruz vs Volt Sick of assembly line workers thinking it is the main artery of the middle class. School teachers are next you want more and more but your kids seem dumb and dumber or at least that is what you government test scores are saying.

Reminder Delphi workers what did any of these Democrats do for you?
The news said it first about Jeep moving to China and possible Europe [Italy]

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26cambridge(4132 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

andersonathan......Jeep is not moving to China that's a lie romney told and you know it's a lie, so when you repeat that lie it makes you a skeevola just like him.

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27jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

cambridge, no one has died because of that commercial, but 5 have died because Fast & Furious & Benghazi, both swept under the rug. I wonder how the almighty Obama sleeps at night?


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2876Ytown(1364 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Hope and Change.

Obama 2008 / 2012


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29cambridge(4132 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

76....great post, it shows Obama's consistency and the fact that he keeps his eye on the ball. Very refreshing compared to romney changing his message by the minute. Thanks for the post.


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30AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Anderson, Who cares if the news said it first. A real man would learn the truth first before spitting it out. Romney will just continue to LIE LIE LIE. As long as Willard lies and you folks back him, thats all he wants.

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31jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey AAC.

Obama is a pretty good liar. Remember "a marriage is between 1 man & 1 woman." "I will reduce the US deficit by 50%." "I will close Guantanamo." This might be his greatest LIE. In order to pass Obamacare he told US Rep Stupak that abortion will not be covered in Obamacare. Stupak was a Dem & a religious man. Obama went back on his word. Abortion is now included in Obamacare.

In your next post, Lets discuss Fast & Furious & Benghazi, OK?

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