|Manufacturers Host Candidates|
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Future of areas industrial base is focus of gathering
WHEELING - America has led the world in manufacturing for the past 110 years, but could lose that title to China within the next two years unless governmental policies are quickly changed, say officials with the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
Republicans and Democrats, labor and industry leaders, and residents of both Ohio and West Virginia comprised a diverse crowd as the group hosted a town hall meeting Friday at Wheeling Park's White Palace to discuss the future of manufacturing.
Candidates for federal office in both West Virginia and Ohio were invited to give their remarks on how we should best "keep it made in America."
The politicians and their thoughts follow: West Virginia U.S. Senate
Democrat Gov. Joe Manchin said West Virginia has always mined the coal and made the steel "that go for the products needed in the defense of our country."
Mountain Party Candidate Jesse Johnson said many voters believe he is opposed to coal mining, but that is not the case.
Republican John Raese and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker were not present.
West Virginia 1st District U.S. House
Democrat Mike Oliverio said he supports legislation to prohibit the outsourcing of jobs from America, as well as laws that help small business to grow. He also spoke of the Energy Jobs and Veterans Retraining Act that could help to employ veterans in the energy industries.
Republican David B. McKinley said there were once 30,000 steelworkers in the Ohio Valley, but there are now less than 2,000.