Full Text Campaign Buzz October 23, 2012: President Barack Obama & Joe Biden’s Speeches at a Campaign Event in Triangle Park, Dayton, Ohio — Unite as Auto Champions in Ohio




Obama, Biden Unite as Auto Champions in Ohio

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-23-12

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

With debate season in the rearview mirror, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden united Tuesday in western Ohio, casting themselves as the only true champions of the state’s resurgent auto industry in an effort to bolster their working-class vote.

The Democratic ticket triumphantly asserted that voters there understand better than any what the Obama-backed 2009 auto bailout meant for Ohio jobs. And they argued that no matter what Republican nominee Mitt Romney now says, his past opposition to the bailout is widely known.

“I hope I made clear that there’s a big difference between me and Mitt Romney. And it’s not just that he’s got better hair,” Obama joked about Monday night’s final presidential debate….READ MORE

Remarks by the President and Vice President in Dayton, OH

Source: WH, 10-23-12 

Triangle Park
Dayton, Ohio

3:58 P.M. EDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Ohio!  (Applause.)  Hello, everybody back in the next county over there!  What a great crowd!  (Applause.)

Before I begin, I want you all to look at those two words:  Vote Early.  Do it now.  (Applause.)

Wasn’t the President great last night?


THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Last night, we saw a Commander-in-Chief who is in command of the issues.  You guys got to see what I see every day for the last four years, a President who clearly understands America’s interest around the world and has the courage to pursue and protect those interests.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a man who’s not only earned my respect and all those who work with him and all of you, but he’s earned the respect of all the world leaders.  (Applause.)  Ladies and gentlemen, the Commander-in-Chief not only knows how to lead America, but this Commander-in-Chief is leading the world.  (Applause.)

As my dad would say, this is a man with a steady hand and a clear vision; a man who leads not only by the example of our power, but by the power of America’s example.  This is a President who says what he means, means what he says, and does what he says.  (Applause.)

This is a man the world relies on, and we rely on.  And, boy, was the contrast clear last night.  (Applause.)  Whoa!  Whoa!  It wasn’t even close, was it?


THE PRESIDENT:  No.  (Laughter.)  As the President pointed out last night, these debates have exposed that Governor Romney and Paul Ryan have a foreign policy right out of the ‘80s, a social policy out of the ‘50s, and an economic policy right out of the ‘20s.  (Applause.)  The differences in our policies and, I would submit to you, in our values, are profound, and the American people, after four debates, know it.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s why last night you saw Governor Romney rushing to agree with the President on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria.  He disavowed the foreign policy he’s been running on for the past two years just like that.  Even this one — this one amazed me.  (Laughter.)  This one amazed me.  He even tried to rewrite the history of his position on rescuing the automobile industry.  Whoa!  (Laughter.)   If I only knew he was ready to help back then.  (Laughter.)  If I only knew.

Look, half the time, I didn’t know whether Governor Romney was there to debate Barack Obama or endorse Barack Obama.  (Applause.)  I mean, it’s hard to tell.

But I have a message for the good governor.  Governor, you can’t run from the truth.  You can’t run from your record.  You can’t run from your policies.

Look at his policies — opposition to nuclear arms control agreements; wanting to keep 30,000 troops in Iraq; shredding regulations, which he commits to do, letting Wall Street gamble with our money again and letting banks write their own rules again; proposing over $2 trillion in new tax cuts for the wealthy while raising taxes on the middle class.


THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Folks, folks, we have seen this movie before and we know how it ends.  It ends in a catastrophe for the middle class.  It ends in the Great Recession of 2008.  And the American people are not prepared to go back — and we’re not either.  (Applause.)

Folks, this President is leveling the playing field, getting the middle class back in the game.  He knows how to build America, from the middle out.  That’s how you build America. (Applause.)  And thanks to his leadership and the grit of the American people, America is coming back.

There is no quit in America.  There never has been any quit in America.  (Applause.)  The American people know only one way forward — only one way — and that is forward.  And together — together, ladies and gentlemen, all of us — even the 47 percent of us that Romney doesn’t think matter — (applause) — we’re moving forward.  (Applause.)  Regardless.

I’ve never met two guys who are more down on America.  Every time they turn around, America is in decline; American people won’t take responsibility.  I don’t know where they live.  But it’s not where we live.  It’s not who we are.  (Applause.)

And, ladies and gentlemen, regardless of what our opponents say, what they try to paint, America is not in decline.  Americans are not dependent people.  We are strong.  We’re independent.  We take responsibility.  And I’ve got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan — it’s never, never, ever been a good bet to bet against the American people.  Never.  (Applause.)

So, ladies and gentlemen, join me in welcoming my friend, our President, Barack Obama.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Ohio!  (Applause.)  Are you fired up?  (Applause.)  Are you ready to go?  (Applause.)  I just want to make sure.  Are you fired up?


THE PRESIDENT:  Are you ready to go?


THE PRESIDENT:  Before we get started, I want everybody to give a big round of applause to Joe Biden!  (Applause.)

Now, first of all, you need to know Joe Biden is a man who is literally in love with a teacher.  He doesn’t just say, I love teachers — he’s married to a teacher.  (Applause.)  But more importantly — I want everybody to understand this — I could not ask for a better partner than my Vice President, Joe Biden.  (Applause.)  There’s nobody who knows more about foreign policy than my Vice President.  There’s nobody who gives me better advice than my Vice President.  (Applause.)  There’s nobody who you’d rather have in a foxhole with you when it matters most than my Vice President.  (Applause.)  There’s nobody who cares more about the middle class and fights harder for America than my Vice President.  (Applause.)

I could not do what I do without him having my back every single day.  So I want you to give him another big round of applause.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Joe!  Joe!  Joe!  Joe!

THE PRESIDENT:  Joe!  Joe!  Joe!  Joe!

AUDIENCE:  Joe!  Joe!  Joe!  Joe!

THE PRESIDENT:  We’ve also got a great candidate for Congress — Sharon Neuhardt is here.  Give her a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

Now, two weeks, Ohio.  Two weeks.  Two weeks from today, Americans all across the country will step into the voting booth. But here in Ohio, you can vote early.  (Applause.)  Here in Ohio, you can vote right after this event.  (Applause.)  If you want to know where to vote, you go to Vote.BarackObama.com.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Is Biden going to be there?

THE PRESIDENT:  He already voted — and he’s proud of it.  (Applause.)  Anybody who is here who has not yet voted, I want you to go vote.  Because you’ve got a very big choice to make.  Not just a choice between two candidates or two parties — but two different visions for this country that we love.

Now, last night, we had our third debate.  (Applause.)  And I hope I made clear that there’s a big difference between me and Mitt Romney.  (Applause.)  And it’s not just that he’s got better hair.  (Laughter.)  Because the greatest responsibility I have as President is to keep the American people safe.  That’s why I ended the war in Iraq, so we could go after the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11.  (Applause.)  That’s why, working with Joe Biden and our national security team, we’ve been able to decimate al Qaeda.  That’s why we were able to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.  (Applause.)  That’s why we’re now ending the war in Iraq — because after a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building right here in Ohio, do some nation-building here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)

In a world of new threats and challenges, America needs leadership that is strong and steady.  Unfortunately, Governor Romney’s foreign policy has been wrong and reckless.  You heard him last night — he was all over the map.

During the debate, he said he didn’t want more troops in Iraq.  But he was caught on a video just a few months ago saying it was “unthinkable” not to leave 20,000 troops in Iraq.  Those troops would still be there today instead of back home.

Last night, he claimed to support my plan to end the war in Afghanistan, but he opposed a timeline that would actually bring the rest of our troops home.  Last night, he said taking out bin Laden was the right thing to do.  Back in 2007, he said it wasn’t worth “moving heaven and Earth” to catch one man.

Now, I recognize that — we must have some doctors in the house, because I’ve already heard people identify this condition. It’s called Romnesia.  (Laughter and applause.)  And we had a severe case breaking out last night.  (Laughter.)  So I want to go over the symptoms with you because, Dayton, I sure don’t want anybody to catch it here in Ohio.  (Laughter.)

If you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate, but just a few weeks ago you said we shouldn’t hire any more because it won’t grow our economy — you might have Romnesia.  (Applause.)

If you say you won’t give a big tax cut to the wealthy, but you’re on a video promising your tax cut would include the top 1 percent -– that sounds like a classic case of Romnesia.  (Applause.)

If you say that you love American cars during a debate, you’re a car guy, but you wrote an article titled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” — you definitely have a case of Romnesia.  (Applause.)

Last night, Governor Romney looked you right in the eye — looked me in the eye — and tried to pretend that he never said “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  Tried to pretend he meant the same thing I did when we intervened and worked to make sure that management and workers got together to save the U.S. auto industry — pretended like somehow I had taken his advice.  (Laughter.)

The people don’t forget.  The people of Dayton don’t forget.


THE PRESIDENT:  The people of Ohio don’t forget.


THE PRESIDENT:  If Mitt Romney had been President when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have an American auto industry today.  We’d be buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China.


THE PRESIDENT:  And you know how important that is to Ohio. The auto industry supports one in eight Ohio jobs.  It’s a source of pride to this state.  It is a source of pride to our country. It’s a source of pride to generations of workers.  I refused to walk away from those workers.  I bet on those workers.  I refused to walk away from those jobs.  I understood that Americans can compete.  I wasn’t about to let Detroit go bankrupt — or Toledo go bankrupt, or Lordstown go bankrupt.  I bet on American workers.  I bet on American manufacturing.  I would do it again because that bet has paid off for Ohio and for America in a big way.  (Applause.)

So here’s the good news, Ohio.  If you’ve come down with a case of Romnesia — (laughter) — if you can’t seem to remember the positions that you’ve taken not just four years ago but four days ago, if you don’t remember the positions that are on your website, if you don’t remember the promises you’ve been making during the six years you’ve been running for President, you don’t have to worry, because Obamacare covers preexisting conditions.  (Applause.)  We can fix you up!  There’s a cure!  There’s a cure! (Applause.)  There’s a cure, but you’ve got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there for Romnesia.

Now, we joke about Governor Romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important — it speaks of trust.  There’s no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust.  Trust matters.  You want to know that the person who’s applying to be your President and Commander-in-Chief is trustworthy, that he means what he says, that he’s not just making stuff up depending on whether it’s convenient or not.

So smart people who — they don’t have a dog in this fight, they’ve crunched the numbers, and we know that Governor Romney’s jobs plan doesn’t really create jobs.  We know his deficit plan doesn’t really reduce the deficit.  His foreign policy is from the 1980s, before the Cold War was over.  His social policy is from the 1950s, and his economic policies are from the 1920s.

He knows he can’t sell that even though those are his positions, so in the closing weeks of the campaign, he’s doing everything he can to hide his true positions and tell us what he thinks you want to hear, and then spend most of his time telling you what he thinks is wrong with America.  Joe Biden just talked about that, talking about America is in decline.  He is terrific at making presentations about stuff he thinks is wrong with America.  But he sure can’t give you an answer about what will make it right.  And that’s not leadership that you can trust.

You know, Ohio, you know me.  (Applause.)  You know I mean what I say.  (Applause.)  You know that I do what I say I’m going to do.  (Applause.)  You know that I’ll make the tough decisions even when they’re not popular.  Folks don’t remember what we did with the auto industry — it wasn’t popular when we did it.  It wasn’t even popular in Michigan and Ohio.  But it was necessary. And because I had folks like Joe Biden with me who can support me when I make tough decisions, we went in and did what we thought was right.  And I know people may not agree with every decision we make, but you know that I’m doing it because I am fighting for the American people.  I’m doing what I believe.  (Applause.)

That’s what you need from a President.  Yes, we’ve been through tough times, but there’s no quit in America.  Our businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs over the past two and a half years.  Manufacturing is growing faster than any time since the 1990s.  Our unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since I took office.  Home values are rising.  The stock market has rebounded.  Our assembly lines are humming again.  Our heroes are coming home.  (Applause.)  We are moving forward.

Four years ago I promised to cut taxes for middle-class families, and I kept that promise.  I promised to cut taxes for small businesses.  We have, 18 times.  We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks, with interest.  (Applause.)  And then we passed a law to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts for good.  We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell,” because anybody who wants to serve in our military — (applause) — if they’re a great soldier or Marine or airman or Coast Guardsman, then they should be able to serve regardless of who they love.  (Applause.)

We saved an American auto industry.  It’s engines are roaring at full throttle with nearly 250,000 new jobs.  That’s not just something that the Midwest can be proud of, that’s something America can be proud of.

Now, we know we’re not where we need to be — not here, not anywhere — but we’ve made real progress.  We’ve got to build on that progress.  We can’t go back to what got us into this mess.  We need to move forward with what’s getting us out of this mess, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, last night and throughout this campaign I’ve laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security.  Unlike, Mitt Romney, I’m proud to talk about what’s in my plan — because, first of all, the math actually adds up.  My plan will actually move America forward.  It’s not just a sales job.  It’s not a sketchy deal.  It’s not the okeydoke.  (Laughter.)  If you want to take a look, check it out at BarackObama.com/plans.  Share it with your friends.  Share it with your neighbors.  Share it with your coworkers.

There are still some people out there trying to make up their minds.  Some of you here may still be trying to make up your mind.


THE PRESIDENT:  I’m just saying somebody might have just been taking a nice walk on a beautiful day — (laughter) — and suddenly found themselves in the middle of an Obama rally.  And if that’s what happened to you, I want you to look at our plan.  Compare it to Governor Romney’s plan.  See which plan you think is better for you and for America’s future.

Well, he says he’s got a plan.  He’s got a one-point plan.

But I want to talk about what’s in my plan just so everybody knows exactly what I intend to do over the next four years — because I do what I say I’m going to do.  First, my plan builds on our manufacturing base by extending — by making sure that we’re ending tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  I want to give those tax breaks to small business and manufacturers that create jobs right here in Dayton, right here in the United States of America.  That’s what I want to do.  (Applause.)

Number two, my plan cuts our oil imports in half by 2020, so we control more of our own energy.  You may have heard me say this — today we’re less dependent on foreign oil than any time in the last two decades.  And one of the reasons is because we’ve increased fuel standards on cars and trucks, so you go twice as far on a gallon of gas.  And I want to build on that progress.  I don’t want fuel-efficient cars and long-lasting batteries and wind turbines all made in China.  I want them manufactured right here in the United States of America.  And we can do that.  (Applause.)

Number three, my plan is going to make it a national mission to educate our kids and train our workers so that we can compete with anybody in the world.  I want to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade; train 2 million workers at community colleges with the skills that businesses are looking for right now.  There are jobs to be had right now, but the workers have to be able to get the training for them.  I want to make sure colleges and universities keep tuition low so our young people can get a college education without being loaded up with debt.  We can do that.  (Applause.)

Number four, my plan will cut our deficit by $4 trillion — it actually adds up.  We can do the math on the website.  And the plan, we’ll do it in a balanced way over the next 10 years.  I’ll cut spending we don’t need, but we’re also going to have to ask the wealthiest among us to do a little bit more.  Because that will allow us to invest in research and technology to keep new jobs coming, to keep new businesses coming here to America.  (Applause.)

And I’ll never balance the deficit by turning Medicare into a voucher.  (Applause.)  No American should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of an insurance company.

And finally, my plan says let’s take the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and let’s put some people back to work right here at home, doing some nation-building — repairing roads, fixing bridges, remodeling schools, laying down broadband lines, making our economy more competitive.

And when our veterans come home, let’s put them back to work in some of these jobs.  Let’s make sure we’re serving them as well as they’ve served us.  Governor Romney did not even mention our veterans last night.


THE PRESIDENT:  Not a word.  Not a word.  He may have already written off half the country behind closed doors, but the men and women and their families who have served our country so bravely, that Joe and I talk to almost every day and we see the sacrifices they’re making, they deserve better from somebody who’s applying to be Commander-in-Chief.  We’re fighting for them every single day.  (Applause.)

So Ohio, that’s the plan we need.  That’s what will create jobs.  That’s how you build a strong, sustainable economy that good, middle-class jobs have to offer.  That’s how you encourage businesses to start here in America.  That’s how you increase take-home pay, not just by talking about it.  That’s how you build an economy where everybody who works hard has a chance to get ahead.  We don’t build the economy from the top down.  We build it from the middle up.

And now it’s up to you — right here, right now.  You’ve got to decide which path we’re going to take.  You can choose the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or you can choose the policies that we are promoting that will get us out of this mess.  (Applause.)  You can choose a foreign policy that’s reckless and wrong — or you can choose the foreign policy that Joe and I have been applying that’s steady and strong.

You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for women, and immigrants, and gays, or you can say, in this election, we believe that everybody has got a place in America.  We want to make sure everybody has got opportunity.  No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, no matter who you love, here in America, you can make it if you try.  (Applause.)

So I’m asking for your vote.  I’m asking you to help me finish the job.  I believe in you, and I need you to keep believing in me.  And if you stand with me, and knock on some doors with me, make some phone calls for me, we’ll win Montgomery County again.  We’ll win Ohio again.  (Applause.)  We’ll win this election again.  We’ll finish what we started.   We’ll remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

God bless you, Ohio.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

4:27 P.M. EDT

Full Text Obama Presidency March 15, 2012: Vice President Joe Biden Kick-off’s Obama 2012 Campaign — Speech on the Automotive Industry — Rips GOP Candidates, Mocks Romney



In Toledo, Biden Makes a Working-Class Appeal

Source: NYT, 3-15-12

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reacted to cheers before speaking on Thursday at the United Auto Workers Local 12 hall in Toledo, Ohio.

Madalyn Ruggiero/Associated Press

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reacted to cheers before speaking on Thursday at the United Auto Workers Local 12 hall in Toledo, Ohio.

The vice president criticized the Republican presidential candidates by name – repeatedly – accusing them of being “about protecting the privileged sector.”…READ MORE

Biden rips GOP field, mocks Romney

Source: Politico, 3-15-12

Joe Biden descended on an Ohio union hall to deliver his first bona fide campaign speech of the 2012 cycle, ripping into the GOP field for opposing the auto bailout — and mocking Mitt Romney’s connections to Bain Capital…READ MORE


Remarks by the Vice President on the Automotive Industry

Source: WH, 3-15-12
UAW Local 12, Main Hall
Toledo, Ohio

11:18 A.M. EDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Hey, folks, how are you?  Hello, Toledo.  Good to see you all.  Please excuse my back.  I apologize.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.

Well, I want to tell you — let’s start off by congratulating Marcy Kaptur for two more years.  (Applause.)  And, Shelley, when the Secret Service used to let me drive — they don’t let Presidents or Vice Presidents drive.  When I used to drive, I drove those Jeeps you built.  My daughter still drives a Jeep.  (Applause.)

And, Marcy, I wish my dad had owned a dealership.  He didn’t, he managed it.  If he owned it, I would have been able to own those new cars I took my girlfriends to the prom in.  (Laughter.)  Instead, I had to borrow them but I still got them.  (Laughter.)  It’s good having a dad in the automobile business, man.  (Laughter.)

Hey, I’m back, you’re back, and the industry is back.  (Applause.)  The President and I made a bet, a simple bet.  We bet on you.  We bet on American ingenuity.  We bet on you and we won.  (Applause.)  Chrysler, fastest growing car company in America, General Motors has seen the largest profits in its history — (applause) — 200,000 auto jobs lost since the rescue plan — 400,000 lost before we took office; 200,000 new jobs since the rescue plan was in place.  (Applause.)  That’s 200,000 people who had their dignity returned to them, reinstated, and a paycheck they can raise their family on.  (Applause.)

My dad knew something and taught us that all of you know, that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck.  It’s about your dignity.  It’s about respect.  It’s about your place in the community.  It’s about being able to turn to your kids and say, it’s going to be okay.  That’s what a job is about.

I don’t know if these other guys understand that.  And, folks, that’s how Barack and I measure economic success, whether the middle class is growing or not, that’s the measure of success.  (Applause.)  A growing, vibrant middle class where moms and dads, mothers and fathers, can look at their kids and say, Honey, it’s going to be okay.  Look, that’s what I want to talk to you about today.

This is the first of four speeches I’ll be making on behalf of the President and me in the coming weeks, laying out what we believe are clear, stark differences between us and our opponents and what’s at stake for the middle class, because it is the middle class that’s at stake in this election.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich — these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do.  Our philosophy, ours is one that values the workers in the success of a business.  It values the middle class and the success of our economy.

Simply stated, we’re about promoting the private sector, they’re about protecting the privileged sector.  (Applause.)  We are for a fair shot and a fair shake.  They’re about no rules, no risks, and no accountability.

Look, there’s no clearer example of these two different views of the economy than how we reacted to the crisis in the automobile industry.  It’s sort of a cautionary tale of how they would run the government again and the economy again if given a chance.

Remember, and you do remember — and Shelley, you captured it all.  Remember what the headlines were saying when you woke up a couple of years ago.  “It’s bankruptcy time for GM.”  Another headline — “Crunch time looms for Chrysler.”  Another headline — “Government must act quickly to prevent the collapse of suppliers.”  You guys know for every one of you on the line, there’s four people in another job supplying those parts.

Folks, a million jobs at stake — a million good jobs were at stake on the assembly line, at the parts factories, at the automobile dealerships, right down to the diners outside each of those facilities.  Our friends on the other side, our Republican friends, had started a mantra.  They started the mantra that said, we would make auto companies “wards of the state” was their phrase.  Governor Romney was more direct — let Detroit go bankrupt.


THE VICE PRESIDENT:  He said that.  He said that what we proposed, and I quote, “is even worse than bankruptcy.”  He said it would make GM “the living dead.”  Newt Gingrich said, “a mistake.”

But the guy I work with every day, the President, he didn’t flinch.  This is a man with steel in his spine.  He knew that resurrecting the industry wasn’t going to be popular.  It was absolutely clear in every bit of polling data.  And he knew he was taking a chance, but he believed.  He wasn’t going to give up on a million jobs and on the iconic industry America invented.  At least, he wasn’t going to give it up without a real fight.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS:  That’s right.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  That’s the kind of President, in my view, we all want, a President with the courage of his convictions — (applause) — a President willing to take risks on behalf of American workers and the American people.  And, folks, that’s exactly what we have, a President with the courage of his convictions.  He made the tough call and the verdict is in.  President Obama was right and they were dead wrong.  (Applause.)

And I say — I say to Governor Romney, his prediction — Governor Romney’s prediction of the “living dead,” we have now living proof, a million jobs saved, 200,000 new jobs created, the Toledo powertrain plant adding 250 good paying jobs over the next two years — GM investing $200 million to build an efficient eight-speed transmission that the world will see; the Toledo Chrysler Assembly Complex preparing to bring on a new shift, 1,100 new jobs building the best cars in the world, Jeeps — (applause) — building Jeeps not only to sell in the United States, but to export abroad.  All told, right here in Ohio just since reorganization, 15,000 good paying, union, autoworker jobs, jobs you can raise a family on and live in a decent neighborhood on.  (Applause.)

American-made cars that are once again cars we want to drive and the world wants to buy.  And one more thing, the President’s historic fuel economy efficiency standards that nearly doubled the efficiency of cars, saving the American families $1.7 trillion at the pump, helping free us from foreign oil dependence.  (Applause.)  And they were against that too.

But you know, even though the verdict is in, Marcy, our Republican opponents, they just won’t give up.  They can’t deny the automobile industry is back.  They can’t deny we’re creating good jobs, good paying jobs again.  So now, they’re trotting out a new argument — it’s kind of old and new.  They say, not only should we not have done it, but had we not done it the private sector would have done it.

They say the private markets would have stepped in to save the industry.  Governor Romney says the market, Wall Street, “will help lift them out.”  Wrong.  Any honest expert will tell you in 2009, no one was lining up to lend General Motors or Chrysler any money or for that matter to lend money to anybody.  That includes Bain Capital.  They weren’t lining up to lend anybody any money either.  (Laughter and applause.)

So now, when that argument doesn’t have legs, they’ve now gone to another one, the new argument.  They argue that our plan to save the industry was just a giveaway to union bosses and the unions.  Senator Santorum said it was, “a payoff to special interests.”  You know it’s kind of amazing Gingrich and Romney and Santorum, they don’t let the facts get in their way.  (Laughter.)

Nobody knows better than you and your families the real price you paid to allow this reorganization to take place — plant closures, wage freezes, lower wages.  They know, everybody knows, these companies would not be in existence today without the sacrifices of all of you in the UAW that you made.  (Applause.)

Then they trot out another argument.  They argue that if GM and Chrysler had gone under that’s okay, because Ford and other auto companies would have stepped in and filled the void — absolutely zero evidence for that.  In fact, Alan Mulally said  — of Ford Motor Company, the CEO — said that if GM and Chrysler went down, and I quote here, “they would have taken the industry down, plus maybe turn the U.S. recession into a depression.”  Ford would have taken up the slack.  Ford says, hey, no, had you not done what you did the whole thing would have collapsed.

Look, I want to tell you what’s real bankruptcy, the economic theories of Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney — they are bankrupt.  (Applause.)  If you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they will bankrupt the middle class again.  (Applause.)

Look, the President and I have a fundamental commitment to dealing the middle class back into the American economy that they’ve been dealt out of for so long.  And, ultimately, that’s what this election is all about.  It’s a choice, a clear choice, a choice between a system that’s rigged and a system that’s fair — a system that says everyone will be held accountable for their actions, not just the middle class, a system that trusts the workers on the line instead of listening to the folks up in the suites.  Folks, that’s the choice.  It’s a stark choice and in my mind it’s not even a close call.

Look, a lot of you and your friends and family understand what I understand.  As a kid, I saw my dad trapped in the city where all the good jobs were gone after World War II in the early ‘50s and middle ‘50s.  I remember him walking up to my bedroom in my grandpop’s house and saying, Joey, dad is going to have to move away for a year.  I’m going to move to Wilmington, Delaware.  Uncle Frank is down there.  It’s only 156 miles away.  And I’ll try to come home every weekend.  Joey, there are good jobs down there.  And when I get one and I’m settled, I’m going to bring you, mom, Val, and Jimmy.  It’s going to be good.

A lot of you — a lot of you and a lot of your friends made that long walk to your kid’s bedroom.  But because of the actions of the President, things are changing.  Today, hundreds of thousands of workers are replacing the longest walks with a different journey.  It’s a journey that ends with workers who are able to go home and say, I’ve got a job.  I’m building cars again.  These are amazing cars that people in America and all over the world are going to want to buy.

It’s not just the automobile industry is coming back, folks.  Manufacturing is coming back.  The middle class is coming back.  America is coming back — (applause) — worker by worker, home by home, community by community, this country is coming back because of you.  (Applause.)

God bless you all and may God protect our troops.  Go build those cars.  (Applause.)

11:33 A.M. EDT

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