Despite fierce Republican opposition—including from the current Republican nominee for president—President Obama lent a hand to an American auto industry in crisis and saved nearly 1 million good, American jobs up and down the supply chain. It was an important step on our road to recovery. We were once shedding 800,000 jobs a month, but today, we've seen 31 consecutive months of job growth and 5.2 million new private-sector jobs. Manufacturing jobs are being created at rates we haven't seen since the 1990s.
President Obama's decision to save the auto industry, says Senator Sherrod Brown, makes the choice for Ohio clear.
"Let me tell you what the auto rescue means," he tells supporters at today's Gotta Vote bus stop in Ashland, Ohio. "You know what it means, because you live in north-central Ohio. The story of the Chevy Cruze is in many ways the story of Ohio. The engine was made in Defiance. The transmission came out of Toledo. The seat frames come out of Lorain. The steel comes out of Middletown. The sound system comes out of Springboro. The brackets come out of Brunswick. The stamping's done in Parma. The seats come from Warren. And 4,500 UAW workers put it together in Youngstown.
"We know if we're going to rebuild the middle class, it means manufacturing, it means good union jobs, it means good jobs for the middle class. And that's really what this election is about."
But, as Senator Brown points out, we can't rebuild the middle class if we don't vote: "You have the advantage, because one of the great things about living in Ohio is that we all, frankly, get to choose the next president of the United States. We get to choose which party's going to control the United States Senate. You have it in your hands, as activists and people who care—people who are fighting for the next four weeks. You can make a huge difference."
You can make a difference no matter which state you live in—but first, you gotta register to vote.