President Barack Obama made two campaign appearances in the state of Ohio. Both were outdoor park rallies, one in Cincinnati located in Hamilton County and the other in Schiller Park in Columbus, located in Franklin County.
At the Seasongood Pavilion located in Eden Park in Cincinnati, President Obama made the first of two swings through the battleground state of Ohio. The state is now leaning Obama, as the latest polls are all showing him in the lead. The Marist poll sponsored by Marist College, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows Obama leading Mitt Romney by seven points in Ohio.
One of the reasons for President Obama’s lead in the Marist poll and other polls is the “auto bailout.” President Obama discussed it in the Cincinnati campaign event. President Obama also brought it up in the Columbus speech too.
In a clear reference to Mitt Romney, President Obama said in Cincinnati, that some “folks said we should ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ when they said we should walk away from an industry that supports one in eight jobs in Ohio.”
The President continued, “I said, we’re not going to go that way. I bet on American workers, and three years later, the American auto industry has come roaring back with nearly 250,000 jobs.”
It was in 2008, when the automobile industry in America was on the road to extinction and completely disappearing from the American landscape, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” The piece essentially advocated that Detroit should disappear.
If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
But President Obama did indeed write the automobile industry a check. This is an issue that the state of Ohio will not soon forget. The state of Ohio is showing its appreciation with their support.
Mitt Romney said this, “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”
However, the automobile industry is showing no signs of receding or regressing as Mitt Romney said back in 2008. In fact, it is getting stronger every day. The voters in Ohio are noticing.
When you read that statement, Mitt Romney is not thinking like the President of the United States. He is thinking like the CEO of Bain Capital. America needs a President to run this country for the benefit of all Americans, not for the benefit of a hedge fund manager.
I say, “Let the Romney campaign Go Bankrupt.”
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books