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Union Members Say Obama Appeals to Working Class

Two union members say Barack Obama appeals to the working class.

President Barack Obama's message appealed to Tim Heberlein and Derek Grate.

Heberlein, a Seminole Heights resident, said Obama stands for the working class.

"Democratic candidates have put in policies that help the working class," said Heberlein, the political director with the Florida Consumer Action Network. "Barack Obama has done a lot of good work for the middle class, Mitt Romney doesn't understand the working class he's never been there."

Grate, a Bronx, N.Y., native, was inspired by the speech. He is currently staying in Tampa campaigning for Obama. Grate is a member of SEIU, (Service Employees International Union) a group who represents a wide array of service employees including nurses, porters and janitors.

"He's the president that stands for the people," Grate said. "He's trying to preserve the rights of women and that poor person who is aspiring to the middle class."

He said Obama represents a positive image for the U.S. to the international community.

"We exist not only in the U.S., we exist in the world," Grate said. "A lot of countries hate us for what they perceive us to be and Barack Obama bridges that gap."

Colter95 October 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Consider these facts before you vote: 1. Is the economy better off now than it was four years ago? Based on the evidence, I'd have to say no. Wages are down, the the prices of everything we buy is up. The price of gas has doubled. Good jobs are scarce. 2. Are the slight "up tics" in the economy a solid trend in the right direction? I don't think so. First, the gains are very slight. Second, I believe they are the result in the temporary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, in which they printed a lot of new money. It provides a slight bump now, but the cost will come later - after the election. Ben Bernanke is trying to save Obama's job, along with his own. 3. The continual misrepresentation of Romney on the auto bailout by the Obama administration. Obama appears to be taking complete credit for the bailout, while simultaneously saying that Romney was for liquidation of the auto industry. This is an absolute falsehood. It was Bush who initiated the bailout and TARP. Obama continued it and then expanded it, to his credit. However, Romney was one of the first to say that the industry needed to go through bankruptcy reorganization, and eventually they did exactly that. He also said that any needed loans should come from the private sector. He never said that the industry should be liquidated, or that he would deny federal funds if he were president, and private sector funds were not available. Obama lies! 4. The Benghazi coverup and lies.

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