YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vice President Joe Biden was in Mahoning County on Wednesday, promoting the policies of the Obama administration.
"Folks, this election is going to create a stark and fundamental choice between two different economic philosophies," said Vice President Biden.
The vice president addressed a crowd of supporters and employees at M7 Technologies. The manufacturing business has a 46,000 square foot facility. According to the company website, M7 reduces manufacturing costs and time required to make or repair heavy machinery.
"There’s Obama Economics, which values the role of workers in the success of a business, and values the middle class in the success of the economy. A philosophy that believes everyone deserves a fair shot and a fair shake, and everybody should play by the same rules," said Mr. Biden. "And then there’s Romney Economics, which says as long as the government helps the guys at the very top do well, workers and small businesses and communities can be left to fend for themselves.
M7 was launched in 2004 and remains based in Mahoning County where the unemployment rate is currently 8.8%. That's higher than the state average of 7.7%.
"Jobs are starting to come back," according to Vice President Biden. "And the ones that are coming back are the kind you can build a middle class life on. Manufacturing jobs."
"Ohio, right now, is absolutely on the brink of a manufacturing renaissance," said Laura Meeks, a college administrator. Andrea Mahone, who also attended Wednesday's rally, agreed. "I think it's getting ready to bust open at the seams, I'm so excited about it."
The visit by the vice president comes at a time when President Obama and his likely republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, are in a statistical tie.
Ohio's republican governor, obviously, did not attend Wednesday's rally with Vice President Biden. But Governor John Kasich has repeatedly given credit for a recent drop in unemployment to his pro-business policies.
Wednesday's visit was the first of two stops in Ohio for the vice president. On Thursday, he'll travel to Martins Ferry for an invitation-only event at Staffilino Chevrolet. The sales manager told FOX 8 News that President Obama and Vice President Biden get the credit for saving his dealership and the auto industry.