Washington, D.C. (Jan. 25) – Leo W. Gerard, iinternational president of the United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement today on Mitt Romney adding Paul Ryan to his presumed Republican national campaign ticket.
“Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate pairs the anti-seniors Wisconsin congressman with the anti-worker off-shorer from Bain Capital.
“If you didn’t like the way Romney’s vulture capitalism hurt working families with good jobs, you won’t like both these guys lumped together as wealthy elitists bought by billionaires to end Medicare and Social Security, plus the middle-class American majority.
“Romney’s announcement affirms he is a captive of the extremist mentality of tea baggers’ who have hijacked the Republican Party and are firmly in control of the agenda. Social Security, Medicare, veterans, education, and infrastructure – everything is to be offered up on an altar of sacrifice to fund more tax breaks for the rich.
“The Romney-Ryan agenda is out of touch with reality. The ‘magic of the market,’ the idea that if you just turn over the store to the very rich, everything will miraculously be wonderful for everyone, doesn’t work. We tried that under Bush, and it crashed the economy and destroyed millions of jobs.
“President Obama has listened to us as American workers. He has laid out a vision of America in which jobs and prosperity are created for all – not just for the 1 percent.
“Over the next few days, we will expose the Romney-Ryan agenda. We stand with President Obama and Vice President Biden at another major moment in this campaign.”
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