Senate and Congressional Candidates Talk U.S. Manufacturing in Wheeling, WV
Posted by scapozzola on 10/15/2010
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) "Keep it Made in America" Town Hall in Wheeling, WV is underway. You can
Candidates scheduled to attend include:
Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Senate WV candidate, John Raese, U.S. Senate WV candidate; Jesse Johnson, U.S. Senate WV candidate; Mike Oliverio, 1st Congressional District WV candidate; David McKinley, 1st Congressional District WV candidate; and, Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) 6th Congressional District Ohio Candidate.
USW Vice President Tom Conway: We've lost 50,000 factories in the past ten years. This can't continue...It's foolish to depend on financial services to fuel an economy. The U.S. needs value-added-- build an economy that's productive.
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin: Manufacturing is what made America what it is today...Buy America policy needed. West Virginia has traditionally mined the coal and made the steel that defends the country...We have a strong manufacturing history, but we're losing that...What if we were importing all the products we use. We can't consume unless we make things...We need to create the incentives to bring jobs back to America.
Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson: I know I'm not in Ohio tonight, but what happens in West Virginia matters to Ohio...I support Buy American...We shouldn't be advancing new trade deals when the existing ones don't work...I oppose NAFTA...We shouldn't be outsourcing jobs.
1st Congressional District WV Candidate Mike Oliverio: I support legislation that stops the outsourcing of jobs...We can't have tax benefits for shipping jobs overseas...I support the Small Business Act...I support legislation on China's currency manipulation...
AAM Director Scott Paul: The recent House bill on currency manipulation passed with strong bipartisan support...Manufacturing is not a Republican or Democratic issue. It is a national issue.
1st Congressional District WV Candidate David McKinley: People are scared about their jobs...Washington doesn't get it...10% unemployment, 35% unemployment in the construction industry...Failed stimulus that only added debt to the government...An administration against the coal industry...We used to have 125,000 manufacturing jobs in West Virginia. We only have 52,000 left. The policies of Washington, overregulation and taxation is costing jobs...
AAM Director Scott Paul: The Alliance for American Manufacturing is strictly non-partisan. We do not endorse candidates.
6th Congressional District Ohio Candidate Martin J. Ellsass: I oppose protective tariffs...Why do we allow incentives for companies to move overseas...
WV Senate Candidate Jesse Johnson: I oppose NAFTA and CAFTA...How do we bring manufacturing back to this country? Nationbuilding should start at home...We need to reinvest in our businesses.
6th Congressional District Ohio Candidate Richard E. Cadle: America needs mining, coal, steel, a manufacturing base. Heavy industry will revive our economy. It has a job multiplier effect...Overregulation is hurting industry...We don't export enough...We need fair trade...Dumped steel hurts our domestic steel industry.
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