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Mitt Romney address the crowd at Ariel on Wednesday morning
Mitt Romney address the crowd at Ariel on Wednesday morning (Photo by ) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
October 10, 2012 11:45 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Ariel Corp. was recognized as an American success story and provided the backdrop for presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Wednesday morning Town Hall meeting in Mount Vernon. Surrounded by Republican party faithful, civic and business leaders and several hundred Ariel employees, the former Massachusetts governor used his latest appearance in battleground Ohio to hammer home the five-point plan he says will re-energize the nation’s economy.



The candidate had ample party support on hand, as Congressman Bob Gibbs and U.S. Senator Rob Portman warmed up the crowd while Romney toured the Ariel facility. Portman introduced Ariel CEO Karen Buchwald-Wright, who in turn brought New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Governor Romney on stage. Christie lived up to his reputation as a colorful orator as he presented Romney, who made preliminary remarks and then took questions. A wide-ranging number of topics were touched upon, but in a campaign event hosted by a manufacturing plant that supplies compressors to the oil and gas industry, energy was the dominant theme.

Romney began his comments by singling out Ariel founder Jim Buchwald and he invoked a well-used theme of his campaign, saying, “Jim, you and the people sitting around this room did build this. You started the company in your basement and now you produce pumps that are the world’s standard for quality.”

The Romney five-point economic plan includes a goal of North American energy independence within a decade; emphasis on expanded trade, especially with Latin America, and enforcement of fair-trade practices, notably with China; improved job training programs and schools; working toward sustainable debt through deficit reduction and a smaller federal government; and supporting small business through tax reform and reduced regulation.

“At our debate last week, the President and I had an opportunity to talk about the economy and how we would get it going again,” Romney said. “My plan will produce 12 million new jobs and provide rising incomes. His plan doesn’t do that. Median income of a typical family has gone down $4,300 in the past four years, while the cost of food, energy and health care have gone up.”

Returning to the topic of energy, Romney said he agrees that oil and gas production have increased during Barack Obama’s first term, but argued that the expansion is in spite of government rather than because of it.

“On government land, oil production is down by 11 percent and gas production is down by 16 percent,” he said. “Through new technology, we can do in eight years what has been talked about for years. Energy independence will bring millions of jobs. I will double permits for exploration both on land and off-shore.”

While fielding questions, Romney also touched on media coverage of his campaign; his thoughts on several aspects of health care; the government’s reach in enforcing legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act and Patriot Act; taxes, spending and economic growth; foreign policy and instability in the Middle East; the job market for new college graduates; and unfair Chinese trade practices.

Romney’s critics frequently say that he is long on plans but short on detail. Both major parties cite studies and experts to support their policies, and different media outlets often see the same facts through different lenses.

“People are bombarded with information, some of which is not true, but the good news is that you can find the media outlets you think are the most credible,” Romney said. “In the debates, the President and I get an opportunity to break through all of that and address the American people directly. I believe in the American people, and with your help and the help of Ohio we are going to win this election.”

See Thursday’s edition of the News for complete coverage of Wednesday’s event.


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