by Félix Pérez
If the past is prologue, Ohio residents will in all likelihood hear attacks against workers and less-than presidential comments from Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum between now and when the Buckeye State holds its delegate-rich Republican primary March 6.
So what, then, are some facts Ohio middle-class voters might keep in mind as they are bombarded with millions of dollars in slick ads and wall-to-wall campaign speeches?
President Obama, who believes “collective bargaining is a fundamental American value,” spoke out against Ohio’s Senate Bill 5/Issue 2, which sought to strip the rights of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public service employees. “Public employees should not be blamed for a financial crisis they had nothing to do with,” said President Obama.
Romney — after initially saying he supported Issue 2, then declining to endorse the ballot measure — changed his mind yet again after receiving intense criticism from ultra-conservatives. “I am 110 percent behind Governor Kasich and in support of [Issue 2].”
Auto Industry Rescue
Faced with one of the most momentous decisions of his then-young administration, President Obama, in the face of relentless criticism from Republican leaders, decided to extend a federal government loan to GM and Chrysler. Today, 1.45 million people are working because of the rescue, and GM has regained its perch as the world’s No. 1 auto maker. (Ohio is the nation’s second largest auto producing state.)
Romney penned the famous column titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” To this day, Romney maintains he was right and that the auto industry would be better off had it followed his advice.
Santorum, ignoring the resurgence of the auto industry, agrees with Romney’s anti-rescue position. “My feeling was that we should not support, the government should not be involved in bailouts, period,” Santorum said in remarks to a Detroit big business group.
Support Educator Jobs
President Obama led the fight for the education jobs and economic stimulus laws that together supported more than 14,000 Ohio education jobs and nearly 15,000 school and community college modernization construction jobs.
Romney called the jobs bill a “temporary little Band-Aid.”
Want to separate candidate fact from fiction all the way until Election Day? Receive weekly EdVotes emails and check EdVotes’ Election 2012 page regularly.