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Monday, May 14, 2012

VP Joe Biden to visit Ohio's Mahoning Valley this week

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Mahoning Valley area this week where he is expected to discuss impacts of President Barack Obama’s efforts to strengthen the region’s manufacturing and auto industries, as well as bolster middle-class security for Ohio’s workers, the Obama campaign announced.

The two-day tour will include stops in Youngstown and Martins Ferry, additional details are expected to be announced soon.

In remarks at M7 Technologies, an advanced manufacturing facility in Youngstown, and Staffilino Chevrolet, a family-owned dealership in Martins Ferry that was saved by the rescue of the auto industry, Biden will discuss the Obama’s efforts to create an economy built to last – one where hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

Biden will also draw a contrast with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s commitment to return to policies that created the economic crisis and put the economic security of the middle class — in Ohio and across the country — at risk.

The Republican National Committee said Biden’s visit will serve as a reminder of how the past three years have gone for the country.

“After highlighting a company in an Ohio TV ad earlier this week that outsourced jobs to Hungary, Vice President Biden’s visit next week will only remind Ohioans that they’re worse off after three years of Obama and Biden’s failed policies,” said spokesman Ryan Mahoney. “Whether it’s the Obama Administration’s skyrocketing energy prices, or soaring debts and deficits, Ohioans simply can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”

John Arthur Hutchison
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