LIMA — Lima Mayor David Berger made a virtual appearance on former Vice President Joe Biden’s virtual tour of the state Thursday to highlight the presidential candidate’s proposed plan to re-energize the manufacturing industry amidst increasing globalization.
“We make things here,” Berger said during the live video stream. “We have a century and a half history of really doing great things and making products that have been shipped around the world as well as across this nation. The fact that we have this heritage makes us excited about the ‘Made in America’ platform Joe Biden has rolled out.”
Speaking from his home office, Berger acted as the third public official in a series of online campaign events working to highlight the importance of Ohio’s manufacturing base. Earlier events featured Portage County Commissioner Kathleen Clyde on Tuesday and Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney on Wednesday. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is slated for Friday’s online round-table.
As for the Berger’s event, he spent the first few minutes reviewing some of the economic troubles seen in the last few months as the coronavirus spread throughout the country dragging 32 million Americans into joblessness and killing over 150,000. President Donald Trump and his allies have argued that the economy will return to a healthy outlook if people get back to work, but Berger’s talking points emphasized the need for Biden’s “Build Back Better” platform that touts the need for a “more inclusive economy where every American gets a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead.”
In real terms, Biden is calling for $400 billion in procurement investment to boost demand for American-made products and services, $300 billion in research and development of new technologies as well as providing incentives to smaller manufacturers, re-establishing supply chains in the states and pushing for pro-worker policies.
Jeffery Adams, president of UAW 1219, also participated on the call with Berger.
In a back-and-forth session with the mayor, Adams explained how he and his father have spent decades working for Ford Motor Co., and he emphasized Biden’s history of supporting higher wages and worker’s rights.
“It’d feel really good to know that you’re not under attack every day,” Adams said. “Biden supports the right to organize. Knowing he would support us, that would mean a lot.”
Not long after Berger participated in the round-table, President Donald Trump landed in Cleveland to deliver remarks at a brief event before heading to Clyde for a tour of Whirlpool and then to Shoreby Yacht Club for a private fundraiser.
“We’re running against the radical left ideology,” Trump said moments after leaving Air Force One. “Their messenger is sleepy Joe. He doesn’t know it’s his message. He has no idea what the message is, but he’s going to do whatever they tell him to do. You know it, because he’s not all there.”
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