LORDSTOWN, Ohio - Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Lordstown, Ohio, Friday for a campaign event with supporters at the United Auto Workers Local 1714 Union Hall.
The security sweep was held from 7 a.m. until just after 9 a.m. Just after 11 a.m., Congressman Tim Ryan and former Gov. Ted Strickland took the stage and fired up the crowd before Biden's speech.
Strickland criticized Mitt Romney for opposing the auto bailout. Congressman Ryan talked about how Ohio is adding manufacturing jobs and investing in Ohio's Mahoning Valley.
When Vice President Joe Biden walked onto the stage, the crowd chanted, "four more years."
During his speech, Biden attacked Romney's vision for America saying his plan would "make massive cuts to education" and "massive cuts to social security."
He told the hundreds of auto workers in the crowd they are making a decent wage because of the president. Biden is referring to President Obama's support of the bailout and the grant money given to General Motor's Lordstown plant.
Biden said all the GM plants would be closed if it wasn't for President Obama. He ended his speech saying "If we win Ohio, we win the election."
The most recent polling data from Real Clear Politics shows President Barack Obama up by +1.4 (Obama with 46.6 percent and Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 45.2 percent) in the state of Ohio from Aug. 13 through Aug. 25. (Real Clear Politics takes an average of all polls conducted by other agencies).
Biden’s visit comes just days after General Motors asked candidates not to tour its plants until after Election Day. Since GM’s bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequent receipt of billions of taxpayer dollars, GM has been target of the campaign from both sides of the political aisle.
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