Photos by Laura Fong. Reporting by Angela Pino, city reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.
It’s not every day that a former president serves as an opening act, but that is exactly what happened at a rally for Barack Obama in Parma Thursday.
“I had 20-something jobs before becoming President,” former President Bill Clinton said. “But this is my first time warming up for Bruce Springsteen.”
Congresswoman Betty Sutton welcomed the crowd of 3,000 to Cuyahoga Community College saying one man ran the nation and the other was born to run. As Clinton thanked her and took the stage, he said Ohio and the United States both need her in Congress.
Clinton started out saying he’s a job guy and that before President Obama took office, the United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month. While he did not go into specifics on how, he said the Republicans had done a lot to keep unemployment above 8 percent and they were crushed when it fell to 7.8. Clinton said they are still not satisfied with that number, but it is the biggest one-year drop in 17 years.
Clinton closed his speech by saying, “There’s no going back, we’re coming back,” then he introduced “one of the most important forces in American music and one of the coolest guys I’ve met, Bruce Springsteen.”
Springsteen admitted that speaking after Clinton is similar to singing after Elvis and quickly started strumming his guitar starting with “No Surrender.”
Emily Satchell, senior broadcast journalism major at Virginia Commonwealth University
What issues in this election are most important to you?
“I’m also concerned about jobs because when I graduate, facing the real world right now is a really scary thing to think about.”
Satchell and 14 other VCU students are participating in a special class this semester through the university’s Honors College and the School of Mass Communications, where they are following the state’s senatorial race as well as the presidential election on campus. The group has also begun efforts to register any last-minute voters on campus. VCU Votes can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
As the Obama campaign sets up shop for this afternoon’s campaign event at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Mitt Romney will speak in conservative Western Iowa.
Romney will be speaking at Northwestern College in Orange City, where he’ll likely make an effort to take the post-DNC wind out of President Obama’s sails by highlighting today’s underwhelming jobs report.
Reporting by Maura Zurick, city reporter for the Daily Kent Stater. Photos by Laura Fong.
WESTLAKE, Ohio — Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan asked in an address Tuesday afternoon to a gym full of supporters if they are better off today than four years ago, earning a resounding “no” in response.
Ryan, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, gave a 30-minute speech starting around noon, at the Westlake Recreation Center gym filled with nearly 1,000 Republicans and independents.
He also made comparisons between President Barack Obama and former President Jimmy Carter. Ryan said unemployment, poverty and bankruptcies are worse now than they were during Carter’s four years in the late 1970s.
“When it comes to jobs, President Obama makes the Jimmy Carter years look like good old days,” Ryan said. “If we fired Jimmy Carter then, why would we rehire Barack Obama now?”
The U.S. economic recovery has been anemic by almost any standard. But for Americans with just a high school degree or less, it’s been worse than anemic. It’s been non-existent.
This week, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce published a new report breaking down job growth during and after the Great Recession by education levels. And as it illustrates in the graph above, employment has been essentially flat since January 2010 for adults who never went to college.
Here’s what that translates too: For about 38 percent of working age Americans, there has been absolutely no growth in the job market since it bottomed out more than two years ago. To get a job, you’ve essentially had to hope someone else lost or left theirs.
Paul Ryan visited Lakewood High School in Jefferson County, Colo. on Tuesday, where the supporters were gathered in anticipation of hearing the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate speak.
More than 2,000 people attended the rally, according to Rick Searle, an officer at the Jefferson County sheriff’s office who could hear cheers echoing from the gymnasium at the front entrance of the high school.
Ryan heralded the importance of utilizing American energy resources before speaking on the economy, budget deficit, and Barack Obama’s presidential record.
“We need to make sure we use our own energy because we have our own energy,” Ryan said. “You have it all in Colorado.”