News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Politics




Obama goes against Romney's plans for wealthy tax cuts while in Mansfield
Obama's plan to cut taxes for the middle class resonates with the city of Mansfield
Story by SAM HENDREN
This story is part of a special series.


 
In The Region:

President Barack Obama spent yesterday campaigning in Ohio. In the morning he was in Mansfield, once a Republican stronghold. In remarks to a crowd of about 2,000, Mister Obama said that Republican Mitt Romney's economic plan would give tax cuts to the richest people in America at the expense of everyone else. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Sam Hendren reports.

Hendren on Obama in Mansfield

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:22)


The president chose to hold his campaign rally in a tree-shaded park in the heart of downtown Mansfield.  Access to the event was by ticket only.  The curious - and a group of protesters - were kept several blocks away.

“Shame on you, Barack.  Shame on you, Barack.”

The sign-carrying demonstrators did not explain why they were chanting that particular phrase…And it’s likely the president never even saw them.  Mister Obama meanwhile seemed buoyed by the sea of supporters around him…

“Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!”

"No matter who you are or what you look like or where you come from, here in America, you can make it if you try.  That’s what this campaign’s about Ohio, and that’s why I am running for a second term as president of the United States of America."

The tone of the event at first was like a pep rally.  But the president got down to business focusing his remarks on the middle class. In a city that’s been struggling with high unemployment, the president hammered away at Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s tax cut plan which includes cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

"Ohio, we do not need more tax cuts for folks who are already doing really well.  We need tax cuts for working Americans.  We need tax cuts for families who are trying to raise their children and keep them healthy and send them to college and put a roof over their heads."

Mister Obama said that America’s real economic strength lies in the middle class, not in the ranks of millionaires and billionaires.

"We know this country wasn’t built from the top down it was built by the middle class.  It was built by farmers and factory workers and start ups and small businesses and companies that sent American products overseas not sending American jobs overseas.  That’s what built Ohio and that’s what built America."

Mister Obama’s remarks clearly resonated with the crowd.

“I just think the one percent that are trying to represent us as Americans, it’s not working!”

Barbara Peiker echoed the president’s sentiments.

“We need people who are real…in touch with middle class America because we can’t build a solid America from the top down because they are out of touch with us.”

Following the president’s speech, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland remained a loyal Obama ally.

“If for no other reason, Ohio should support his reelection because he saved the American auto industry and he saved thousands and thousands of Ohio jobs.”

Strickland, like others in the crowd, also was skeptical about the direction the country might take should Mitt Romney be elected.

"I really do believe that Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the same circumstances, the same policies that led to this recession.  And we need to move forward, not backward."

A Romney spokesman said the Republican candidate believes lower tax rates across the board would jump-start the economy.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

New transportation companies come to Cleveland
Ride-sharing companies are breaking laws and regulations every day. From regulatory fee evasion to use of smartphone while driving (and even two smartphones(!) ...

Cleveland anti-poverty agency executive resigns amid financial probe
That committee won't be too independent. He plans to stay on until after the new appointee is chosen.

How can you wipe a criminal record clean?
Great article! NO CLINIC in May 2014, however, because it's graduation month for students For the next dates of the FREE Legal Clinic to help with Expungment,...

Drilling remains suspended while ODNR investigates NE Ohio earthquakes
Flaring and lights, so has all been halted? Also, smell of HS2 and sounds of an auger/drilling/water rushing underground. So, has all been halted? In light of t...

Will the Ohio River carry fracking wastewater?
Texas $ vs. WV citizens . Who will our governor listen to?

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University