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By Mark Niquette - May 17, 2012 12:00 AM ET
Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a visit to Ohio’s Democrat-rich Youngstown area aimed at bolstering support among party activists by saying the region and nation would be better off with “Obama economics” compared with “Romney economics.”
The Obama administration “values the role of workers,” Biden said in a speech yesterday at M-7 Technologies, a closely- held manufacturing company with 30 employees. The approach of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, he said, is “as long as the government helps the guys at the top to do well, workers and small businesses and communities, they can fend for themselves.”
Biden made his case in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, a region in Eastern Ohio that gave Obama 58.5 percent of the vote in 2008 and where “Black Monday” refers not to a stock market crash but the day in 1977 when Youngstown Sheet & Tube announced shutdowns marking the end of the area’s steel era.
“You’ve been through hell and back,” Biden said in his speech. “Outsourcing. Padlocked plant gates. Closed businesses in your communities.”