Ohio's Democratic senator has rallied with southwest Ohio steelworkers to highlight President Barack Obama's help for the U.S. auto industry.
Sherrod Brown tells steelworkers in Middletown that plants and jobs have been saved across Ohio.
Brown supported the auto bailout, and points to General Motors' recent decision to invest in northeast Ohio plants to build the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze. The AK Steel plant in southwest Ohio produces some of the steel for the car.
Brown had spoken out for AK Steel workers during a yearlong lockout that ended in 2007.
Republicans have been very effective in tying the slow economy to President Obama. But in Ohio, the recovery is more noticeable than most states. At the Democratic National Convention, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is urging delegates to spread that message.
Like most Democrats at the Convention, Sherrod Brown is keen to remind people that the Great Recession began under the Bush Administration. He told Ohio delegates that in George Bush’s last month in office the U.S. lost 800 thousand jobs. By 2010, Ohio’s jobless rate was 10 ½ percent.
Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel plans to campaign across South and Eastern Ohio over the next two days.
His campaign says the Ohio treasurer plans to focus on energy policy in Appalachian Ohio visits. His first stop is at a Georgetown restaurant, in Brown County. Then he heads to Adams County, followed by other Southern and Eastern Ohio stops. Some details were still being worked out earlier this week.