LORDSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) – Hillary Clinton chose a General Motors plant 20 miles from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border as the place to deliver a detailed assault on Barack Obama’s economic credentials, arguing that her opponent “doesn’t have much experience creating jobs at all.”
Clinton’s remarks were aimed squarely at blue collar voters in the Ohio Valley concerned about the rocky American manufacturing sector.
Saying she was “proud to be labor’s candidate,” she touted endorsements from more than a dozen national unions and six million working men and women nationwide, including, she said, union members at an Illinois Maytag plant routinely cited by Obama in his in stump speech.
“The union at that plant supports me,” Clinton said, “because when 1,600 jobs were being lost, they say he didn’t do a thing to help.”
Clinton stepped up her efforts to marginalize of Obama as offering little substance to complement his inspirational rhetoric.
“Speeches don’t put food on the table,” she said. “Speeches don’t fill up your tank, or fill your prescription, or do anything about that stack of bills that keeps you up at night.”
The New York Senator and former First Lady told the audience of GM employees and UAW members that she understands the pinch of the middle class.
“You fill up your tank, and that’s two twenties from your wallet,” she said. “You pick up a gallon of milk and a few other things – and there goes another.”
With 3,800 employees, Lordstown’s GM plant—the site of Clinton’s economic speech– is the highest volume single line vehicle assembly plant in the world.
Clinton was introduced by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
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