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November 10, 2012
Obama to UAW: Re-election wouldn't have happened without union, its members
Source: mlive.com
By: Michael Waylan

 President Barack Obama called United Auto Workers President Bob King Friday to personally thank the union for its support.

“Today President Obama called UAW President Bob King to personally thank all UAW members and activists for their great support in this election,” according to a message to UAW members that was obtained by MLive Autos. “The President expressed how deeply he appreciates the UAW and our membership and expressed ‘that we could not have done this without the UAW and its membership.’”

Obama, according to the note, also thanked UAW members for the “critical difference” they made in increasing the Democratic majority in the Senate, including the addition of new women leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin to the Senate.

King and the union have continually supported Obama for “saving” the U.S. auto industry and supporting the $85 billion 2008-2009 bailout of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.

Obama won re-election Tuesday night, defeating former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who blasted the president for his handling of the auto bailout.

The U.S. auto industry and bailout were major discussions during this year's presidential election.

The discussions between the two political sides have literally been occurring for nearly four years, ever since Romney’s Nov. 18, 2008 New York Times opinion editorial, titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

United Auto Workers president Bob King, right, speaks during a news conference as vice president Joe Ashton, left, listens in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP File Photo)

The jabs escalated as the election neared, and Romney published another op-ed that lambasted Obama's handling of the auto bailout and the UAW.

“Thus, the outcome of the managed bankruptcy proceedings was dictated by the terms of the bailout,” Romney wrote in an op-ed in February. “Chrysler's ‘secured creditors,’ who in the normal course of affairs should have been first in line for compensation, were given short shrift, while at the same time, the UAWs' union-boss-controlled trust fund received a 55 percent stake in the firm.”

King, on numerous occasions in the past few years, condemned Romney for statements about the union, auto industry and Obama.

“The industry has added more than 200,000 jobs in the last few years and 2011 was the strongest year of industry job growth since 1994,” King wrote in a statement in May. “None of this would have happened if Romney had been the one making the decisions.”

According to some political analysts, including CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser, the Obama campaign continually touting the bailout had a major impact -- particularly in Ohio.

“It seemed to work,” Steinhauser wrote in a blog post Wednesday morning. “Nearly six in 10 Ohio voters said they approved of the federal government's role in helping the troubled domestic automakers, and according to exit polls, the president won three quarters of those voters.”

No Republican presidential candidate has won the presidency without carrying Ohio.

Here's the full message to the UAW workers:

Today President Obama called UAW President Bob King to personally thank all UAW members and activists for their great support in this election. The President expressed how deeply he appreciates the UAW and our membership and expressed "that we could not have done this without the UAW and its membership."

UAW members also made a critical difference in maintaining and increasing the Democratic majority in the Senate and in electing exciting new women leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin to the Senate.

 

 


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