Published on Jun 17, 2012
In Ohio, Democrats discuss Mitt Romney's economic plans and how they would throw the middle class under the bus
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Fox Reporter: Democrats campaigning for President Obama are getting ahead of Mitt Romney's bus tour through Ohio. They held a tour stop of their own in Columbus this afternoon.
Governor Strickland was on hand attacking Romney's economic plans. Democrats say his plans will hurt the middle class. This stop comes just two days after President Obama spoke about the economy in Cleveland.
Gov. Strickland: President Obama didn't just simply throw up his hands and say let Detroit go bankrupt like Mitt Romney did. President Obama bet on the American worker. If Mitt Romney had had his way those jobs would be gone, towns and communities would be devastated.
Reporter: The Democratic National Committee is taking their bus tour across the same state that Mitt Romney is planning to visit.
Rep. John Scibak: When Mitt Romney came to office in Massachusetts we were ranked thirty fifth in the country in job creation. When he left office in 2006 we were ranked forty seventh.
Jen Hollis: We went from having spanish in grades K through 6 in our school system to only offering it 5 to 6, to within two years no spanish at all at an elementary school level. PE went from two times a week to one time a week, art went from it's own specialized classroom to art on a cart for thirty minutes a week.
Crowd: Fired Up! Ready to go!
Reporter: Meantime, a day ahead of Romney's arrival democrats say the former Massachusetts governor is not the answer. They say his brand of economics throws the middle class under the bus.
Gov. Strickland: Romney economics clearly proves where his priorities lie and it's not with the hard-working families of Ohio I can tell you that.
Reporter: Ted Strickland told Obama supporters in Columbus that Romney's trickle-down economics will only protect the wealthy but the former Ohio Democratic governor praised Obama for the government bailouts of auto companies.
Gov. Strickland: If Mitt Romney had had his way those jobs will be gone, towns and communities would be devastated and local economies would be sunk.
Reporter: Meanwhile central Ohio democrats came out firing yesterday as well. They jumped on board their own bus tour called "Romney Economics: The Middle-Class Under the Bus"
Gov Strickland: Romney's coming through Ohio I believe tomorrow on a bus he's going to pretend he cares about the middle class. The fact is that reaganomics will put people under the bus.
Rep. John Scibak: We cannot afford to have Mitt Romney, who seems to have buckeyes for brains as our next president.
Reporter: Politicians and labor leaders came together in cleveland at the UAW local 1005. Why?
Ed Fitzgerald: We're right here at the heart of Ohio this is this really the capital of the middle class right here.
Reporter: The folks here at the DNC bus are hoping it's their voices that come in loud and clear. First, on Romney's work at Bain Capital.
Brad Woodhouse: In deal after deal Mitt Romney and his partners first priority was to make a profit regardless of the cost to workers.
Reporter: Next, they attacked his record as governor, bringing is a legislator from Massachusetts.
Rep. John Sciback: When Romney came in massachusetts we were ranked thirty sixth in job growth. We dropped to forty seventh. A state doesn't drop if you're doing a successful job.