Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth has harsh words for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is scheduled to visit Louisville on Thursday for a fundraiser.
On a conference call organized by the Democratic National Committee, Yarmuth highlighted a Romney campaign event at a shut down factory in Ohio. The presumptive GOP nominee tried to tie the plant’s closure under former President George W. Bush to President Barack Obama’s failure to re-open it.
Yarmuth says Romney should visit two Louisville plants to see that the Obama administration’s policies have resurrected manufacturing in the region.
“That was a factory that closed in 2008 during the housing crisis, and the policies and economic philosophy Mitt Romney would bring us back to,” he says. “I know he was trying to make the case that if the policies under the president were different, then that factory would be open. So I hope while he’s in Louisville he’ll go out and visit Appliance Park and Ford and see exactly what the policies of the Obama administration have done to revitalize manufacturing and add thousands of jobs in our community.”
Despite Democratic efforts to portray Romney as a “corporate raider” polling numbers show a slim majority of Americans trust him to handle the economy over President Obama. And the visit to that Ohio factory was another example of the Romney campaign playing to its strengths.
“Had the president’s economic plans worked – President Obama’s plans worked – (the factory) would be open by now. But it’s still empty,” Romney told a crowd of supporters.
But Yarmuth says the former Massachusetts governor will move the country backward and repeat the policies from the Bush era if elected, adding the chief contrast between Romney and President Obama is their different visions on how to protect the middle-class.
“The Republican budget——and again this is Governor Romney’s budget too——it’s what I call an all for one budget. It’s all for the one percent. And I think President Obama has a plan that is one for all. It’s one government that works for all the people,” he says.
The congressman acknowledged that Kentucky will not play a vital role in the general election and is likely to go for Romney, but the state is turning into a financial battleground. In Kentucky thus far, President Obama leads Romney in campaign contributions by over $150,000.