Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur today praised President Obama for his
leadership in rescuing the American automobile industry.
"The auto industry is the main engine for jobs in Northern Ohio, even as
we diversify our economy, and the automakers are hiring off the street for
the first time in decades," said Congresswoman Kaptur.
Kaptur said President Obama's leadership saved the auto industry in
America at a time when Republicans, including Mitt Romney, were suggesting
that it be allowed to die. "If Mitt Romney had been president, not only
would he have let Detroit go bankrupt, but he would have seriously hurt
Cleveland, Toledo, and Lorain, too," Kaptur said.
Kaptur said she talked with UAW President Bob King yesterday. "I thanked
him for his steady and stalwart leadership of the union and complimented
him for cooperating to help the steer the industry forward during a most
difficult time," she said.
President Obama addressed the United Auto Workers yesterday in Washington.
He said union workers helped defeat fascism, win World War II, and forge
America's great middle class.
Kaptur noted that president had told the autoworkers that industry, which
employs thousands of workers in Ohio's Ninth District, had lost four
hundred thousand jobs in the year before he took office.
"And now we're back," she said. "GM is the world leader in auto
production, Chrysler is gaining market share with an exciting line of
products, and Ford is bringing jobs back to Ohio from Mexico. President
Obama believed in us--and he made the right call. We've saved thousands of
jobs in the Ninth District, no thanks to the Republicans who fought us
every step of the way."
Kaptur said the industry has added more than 200,000 jobs over the past
two and a half years.