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.

Greater Akron Chamber

Knight Foundation

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.


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
Government and Politics




Swing state rubber hits the road in debate
Ohio still on the table as Romney, Obama cite Chinese trade and auto bailout
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
The Ohio rubber hit the road during the third and final presidential debate Monday night between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the swing state ties in what was supposed to be a foreign policy debate.
Swing state rubber hits the road

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:34)


Middle East security and China’s economy took up much of the debate, and the latter gave the candidates a chance to steer the conversation back home. Mitt Romney attacked China’s theft of intellectual property.

“I was with one company that makes valves in process industries. And they said, ‘Look we’re having some valves coming in that were broken and we had to repair them under warranty. And we looked them up and they had our serial number on them. And then we noticed that there was more than one with that serial number.’ There were counterfeit products being made overseas with the same serial number as the U.S. company. The same packaging. These were being sold into our market and around the world as if they were being made by the U.S. competitor. This can’t go on.”

And in response, the president cited recent cases won by his administration against China.

“Steelworkers in Ohio and throughout the Midwest, Pennsylvania, are in a position now to sell steel to China because we won that case. We had a tire case in which they were flooding us with cheap domestic tires -- er, cheap Chinese tires. And we put a stop to it. And as a consequence, saved jobs throughout America. I have to say that Gov. Romney criticized me for being too tough in that tire case. He said this wouldn't be good for American workers and that it would be protectionist. But I tell you those workers don't feel that way.”

Along with tires, the auto bailout figured heavily in the debate. David Cohen of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute says the president’s support for the bailout has been a lynchpin of his campaign. And Mitt Romney’s support of a managed bankruptcy reorganization has caused the self-described “car guy” nothing but problems.

“Gov. Romney, like in the second debate, tried to take some credit for the auto bailout, saying that the bankruptcy process that the companies went through was what he had suggested. And the president vigorously disputed that. It really is a very difficult issue for the Governor. And I think it’s one of the core reasons why Gov. Romney cannot get over the hump in Ohio. It is a very popular decision. Polling corroborates this. If president Obama ends up winning Ohio, I think some of that will be in part, due to his efforts at rescuing the American auto industry.”

Cohen says he’s been monitoring the evolving electoral map, and the president has a chance to win re-election without Ohio. But for Mitt Romney, it’s much more mathematically difficult without the Buckeye state. And that’s the reason we can expect to see a lot of Romney and Obama, their running mates, family members and surrogates in these last two weeks of the campaign.
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

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

State creates panel to look at Ohio charter school sponsors
It is more than disturbing that charter schools, which seemed like a good idea years ago, have begun to cripple public school education.

DEVO mural in Akron is now on display downtown
The installation is not at the former site of Chili Dog Mac. CDM was one block north on the other side of Main St.

New report shows growth in white collar jobs for Northeast Ohio
Unfortunately, there are fewer jobs in comparison to the number of professionals applying for them. I have been had a full time job since June 2012. In order to...

Advocacy group: Ohio could lead in clean energy
Ohio Legislators, You are supposed to be our leaders but you're not taking us where we want to go - where we need to go!

Campaign for and against marijuana legalization begins
Cannabis legalization needs to happen as soon as possible! But not if it gives monopolies to a selected few to grow and sell the herb. Responsible Ohio's mono...

Heinen's in downtown Cleveland sponsors a contest for food entrepreneurs
Love that this took place right here! What a way to support local. Thank you Heinens! Love this quote, as a small local biz, I agree, it's big!! "To be a small...

Pluto: How the Indians' blockbuster deal went bust
Terry, As a long time reader of yours I am generally on the same page - and we're also about the same age. Anyway, like many, I am dismayed at the greedy and en...

Copyright © 2015 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