Skip to comments.Biden's Words Fall on Deaf Ears in Ohio
Posted on 05/20/2012 4:30:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio Dave Betras is known in The Valley for his colorful language and his political antics and drama. Last Wednesday, however, when Vice President Joe Biden visited a local industrial park, Betras was all about numbers.
Oh, the valley is going to turn out big for Barack Obama this year, big! he said, spreading his arms wide for emphasis. The chairman of Mahoning Countys Democrats pointed to the shipping warehouse of M7 Technologies, a local manufacturer, filled with people waiting to hear Biden speak. Turn-out like today, a full room, Betras, 52, said.
If his job is to turn out Obama supporters on Election Day, he may want to check on their allegiances before he buses them to the polls. Many of the Youngstown attendees at Bidens event do not support him or the president.
Bob McClain and his wife, Myra, went to M7 Technologies to support their friends family business. Neither supports the Obama-Biden ticket.
We are friends of the owners that is why we came, to show support for the Garvey family, said McClain. At 71, hes retired but volunteers full-time as a counselor for Mahoning Valley small-business owners.
Our vote is going for who is best to lead on the economy. That is Romney, for us, said Myra as her husband nodded.
Richard Furillo stood with his son Matthew at his sons place of employment; a lifelong Democrat, he voted for Obama in 2008 but wont again. I don't know why I did it but I cannot stand anymore change, he said, referring to the presidents old campaign slogan.
Father and son both said they attended the event to support the company.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a sitting vice president, added Matthew, also a Democrat. He, too, said he will vote for Romney.
Standing beside them, Jeff Cunningham echoed their sentiments: The biggest challenge in this country is creating jobs that last, jobs that sustain families. The 36-year-old valley native said his vote will be for Romney.
Montgomery Monty Deruyter sat several rows from where Biden stood, addressing the crowd. The 43-year-old father of two started working at M7 as a machinist two months ago; uncertainty is driving him to favor Romney.
I hold both parties at arms length but trust Romneys business skills to lead on the economy, he said.
They were only five of more than a score of people interviewed who said they will not vote for Obama in November; they were the audience members not captured by TV cameras, who sat respectfully during Bidens 30-minute populist speech while the party faithful gathered up and bused in by Betras leaped up every time Bidens voice pitched several decibels.
Even then, discontent was voiced among those faithful and worry that some of the community have no reason to vote for the president next fall.
Joe Louis Teague, 70, a black community icon who has run several failed campaigns for local office, is in charge of coordinating the Obama campaigns voter registration in the Mahoning Valley. He is worried about the black vote because people are discouraged.
Black-on-black crime is out of control; drugs and poor parenting are at the heart of that problem, he said.
I am going to be honest, I think he could have done more, he said of the first black presidents attention to the black community. I think he needs to do more.
As Biden switched between fiery class-warfare rhetoric and whispers about his upbringing in neighboring Pennsylvania, two things stood out: no mention of coal or Marcellus shale natural gas the resources that are bringing prosperity back to this region and his rhetoric about middle-class resentment.
They dont get it! They dont get who we are! he shouted after one pitch about how Republicans don't understand the little guy in places such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Thats an interesting take from Biden, considering Obama's understanding of those same gun- and Bible-clinging embittered voters that he famously described at a high-dollar San Francisco fundraiser in 2008.
It probably is why last weeks Quinnipiac poll showed only one percentage point advantage for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the Buckeye State.
Given that our next President is either going to be Obama or Romney, this is probably the best of our remaining options.
DemonRats have a fetish for forced-busing.
No, Biden is Larry Mondello.
Loading up a bus with beer and chips and driving past democrat party headquarters is the equal of dragging a c note through a trailer park.
Some Freeper should follow Biden around on his campaign stops to shout “YOU LIE!” during his nonsensical speeches. That’d be entertaining.
“Does Bite-me have a drinking problem ?”
In his case I would recogmend it.
And when republicans do get a good turnout for any event, the dems accuse them of bussing them in.
Alot of plagiarists in the democrat party.
And fake auto-bios.
And fake claims to ancestral lineage.
And fake bios of relatives.
And fake credentials.
Actually, Biden’s three brain cells (aka Curly, Larry and Moe) are wont to get out of synch from time to time.
We all didn't trust him and he couldn't figure out why CEO's may be great with some numbers but when it comes to the intuition of people most don't have a clue
Dolphins laugh at Biden, then ignore him....
I'd be interested to have Matthew how his life was enhanced by that moment. A tingle in the leg perhaps?
There's supposed to be an odd tombstone in Massachusetts that reads:
Here lie the bodies of James and John Jones.
One went to sea
The other became Vice President
Neither were ever heard from again
It’s interesting how a Democrat usually votes purely on emotion verses a Conservative that will usually vote based on a degree of logic.
It appears there were some independents in that sample too that look like they will break for Romney this time.
Sorry old Joe, we do get who the hell you are and that is why you will be fired. Yelling will not do a damn bit of good.
Heck, a few weeks ago Zero gave a stump speech about a mile from my apartment, and a couple of my friends were all a-twitter about getting to see the president. I made plans to be elsewhere that day!