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Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used an abandoned Lorain factory to attack President Obama's job creation
Romeny says Obama hasn't lived up to his campaign pledge to create jobs
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Kevin Niedermier
Mitt Romney campaigning at the closed National Gypsum plant in Lorain.
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This year’s presidential race is already heating up here in Ohio. Today  likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumped at a closed drywall factory in Lorain, calling the building a symbol of President Obama’s failed jobs policies.  Romney’s visit followed Mr. Obama’s speech Wednesday at nearby community college where he chided Republicans for attempting to cut federal job training funds. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports…Romney says the president cannot run for reelection on his economic record.

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The cavernous National Gypsum plant closed in 2008 when the housing market collapsed at the end of President George W. Bush’s final term.    But, with about 350 supporters gathered in the dusty building, Mitt Romney said that Mr. Obama made a 2008 campaign pledge to base his presidency’s success on job creation. If that’s the case, Romney asked the crowd why this factory remains vacant.


Romney:  “The other day the president was in Ohio and said this campaign will come down to his vision for America. If you want to know where his vision leads, open your eyes, because we’re been living it for the last 3 years. It leads to lost jobs, lost homes and lost dreams. It’s time to end that vision and have a vision of growth and jobs and economic vitality.”


Romney vowed to cut spending to shrink the federal deficit, to reduce regulations on businesses, to drill for more domestic oil and natural gas, and to cut taxes. On the issue of taxes, Romney fired another shot at President Obama.


Romney:  “He’s proposed raising the marginal tax rate from 35 percent to 40 percent. But do you know that 54 percent of America’s workers in the private sector work in businesses that are taxed at the individual level, not as corporations. And if he raises that tax to 40 percent he will kill jobs.”


Romney also criticized Mr. Obama’s backing of the so called “Buffet Rule’ which would force the rich to pay more taxes. And Romney accused the president of blaming everyone but himself for the nation’s economic problems.                                                                                                                   Democrats, including Lorain’s mayor, held a press conference before Romney’s speech. The said President Obama’s policies have led to a major resurgence in manufacturing that puts Ohio among the nation’s leaders in job growth.                                                                                              Dennis Goodnick of Broadview Heights attended the Romney rally. He didn’t get to vote in the Republican primary. But he says he would have supported Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum instead of Romney, and that he has voted for a few Democrats. But with so many people getting government assistance, and the size of the deficit…he’s now backing Romney…….


Goodnick:  “We’re $16 trillion in debt, and I don’t see an end in the debt growing and something has to be done. I’m frustrated with both parties at this point. But the conservative Republican party holds more of my views than the Democratic Party, because I don’t see the Democrats cutting anything at this point.”


A recent poll shows Romney and Mr. Obama in a tie with 46 percent each.  The New York Times/CBS News poll cites voter concern over personal finances as a factor in Romney’s showing.

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