Mitt On The Road: Allentown

By Meghan Schiller, contributing writer 

Today, Allentown’s mayor Ed Pawlowski is urging Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to hit the road, in response to his campaign’s most recent web video released, “Mitt on the Road: Allentown, PA”.

Romney’s newest video highlights the Allentown Metal Works Factory, zooming in on the rusty chained gates and overgrown weeds. Once a symbol of hope for Obama’s campaign visit in 2009, Romney uses the factory’s closure to prove that Obama’s stimulus has failed hard-working Americans.

But, Allentown’s mayor, Ed Pawlowski-D, is not playing along with the portrait of victimized workers that Romney’s painting.

“Our community has seen strong economic signs – including new small business, entertainment, and manufacturing development which has led to increased employment by local businesses – and I would encourage Mitt Romney to highlight those successes of Allentown, that were aided by the efforts of President Obama’s policies,” Pawlowski said.

Today’s video follows up Romney’s latest, “Obama Isn’t Working,” which PA Democrats responded saying he he has a lot of nerve.

Pa. Democrats also responded with a video of there own. They are claiming he is confused about how he feels about Obama and how he has handled the economy.

Within the video “Mitt on the Road: Allentown, PA”, Romney stands in front of the factory’s locked gate saying, The plant here has been open a hundred years. It survived the Great Depression. It couldn’t survive Obama economy.”

The Democratic National Committee is responding in full force to Romney’s timely attacks on Obama.

Brad Woodhouse, a spokesperson for the DNC is quoted in the NY Times saying Romney will “simply return to the same failed policies that nearly wrecked our economy and had our nation shedding nearly 800,000 jobs a month.”

Romney’s video punchline:
“I could assure voters, that if I were President of the United States, I would spend every waking moment doing what I could to get Americans back to work. I would focus my energy and passion on the economy and getting Americans good jobs.”

Many politicians are speaking out, not in defense of Obama’s stimulus, but rather in aggravation.

The Democratic Committee’s research has provided an extremely impressive case, arguing that manufacturing was devastated under Romney.

“As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney had one of the worst job creation records in the country,” said Jim Burn, Democratic Committee Chairman.

“Mitt Romney failed to create jobs as governor, and he is offering the same failed policies of the last decade that nearly sank our economy. Pennsylvania simply cannot afford Mitt Romney’s failed economic policies.”

Whether or not the current economic problems will cause some voters to shy away from reelecting Obama, it’s still too early to tell.

Pennsylvania has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. Could this be the year when the state’s economic woes work in favor of the GOP?

If PA governor Ed Rendell’s response is foretelling…probably not.

Rendell says he’s not surprised that Romney’s flip-flopping on his position.

“Interestingly, Governor Romney on January 4, 2009 on CNN and December 15th 2008 on NBC advocated a strong stimulus to get the economy moving,” said Rendell. “Of course now he’s changed his position on that, which is not unusual.”

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