Romney highlights energy and Jobs in southern Ohio
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally earlier today at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. (David Kohl / AP Photo / October 13, 2012)
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — As he campaigned Saturday near the convergence of three coal-producing states, Mitt Romney pressed his domestic energy plan, saying the nation needs to increase production for its security and its economy.
Portsmouth sits on the Ohio River across from Kentucky, and is close to West Virginia. These three states produce about one-quarter of the nation’s coal. The town is also close to two facilities related to the nuclear industry -- a plant in Piketon that previously produced enriched uranium for military weapons and nuclear power plants, and a public-private partnership that is trying to build centrifuges for commercial uranium production.
Romney has been spending considerable time in Ohio in recent days, and is wrapping up a two-day bus tour on Saturday. He said Obama is running a campaign about “small things,” and that if Obama were reelected, that would be a win for the “status quo,” and would mean the continuation of policies that have left tens of millions without jobs and reliant on food stamps.
We’ve got the right policies to turn this thing around, to help middle-class jobs come back to Ohio and Scioto County, and Mitt Romney’s going to do it again – he’s gonna tell it like it is...” said Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.