Hours before President Obama was scheduled to visit a federally funded jobs-training program in Ohio, Republicans argued Wednesday morning that his policies are "strangling" the state's economy and have cost Ohioans tens of thousands of jobs since he took office.
"We've had economic slowdowns before in the past. This has been different in that we've seen wholesale reductions in manufacturing, the loss of automotive manufacturing in the Dayton, Ohio, area that this president has no policies or plans to try to replace," Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) told reporters on a conference call.
But federal labor statistics show that the state's unemployment – 7.6% in February – is lower now than when Obama took office, when it was 8.6%. The state's Republican governor on Wednesday morning pointed to the state's recovery on Twitter.
"POTUS' 20th OH visit today," Gov. John Kasich tweeted. "While the US lags, OH leads in new jobs. Please take our formula nationwide -- restrain spending & cut taxes."