September 3rd, 2012
02:48 PM ET
Toledo, OH (CNN) – President Obama spent Labor Day rallying autoworkers at a high school here, and just days after the start of college football season, he used football to push back against his republican opponent.
“After the convention Governor Romney came here to Ohio and he said he’s going to be the coach that leads America to a winning season,” Obama said. “The problem is everybody’s already seen his economic playbook. We know what’s in it.”
The president then took the cheering crowd of more than 3,000 people through four downs of Romney-ball. On “first down,” Obama said Romney would raise taxes on the average family by nearly $2,000.
On third down, Romney calls for a “hail Mary, ending Medicare as we know it by giving seniors a voucher,” the president said.
“There’s a flag on the play, loss of up to an additional $6,400 a year for the same benefits you get now,” he continued. “That’s their playbook. That’s their economic plan. And I’ve got one piece of advice for you about the Romney-Ryan game plan Ohio, punt it away. It won’t work. It won’t win the game. You don’t need that coach. That’s a losing season.”
The long football analogy was a response to Romney’s call on Saturday for a “new coach,” to handle the struggling job market. Jobs are slightly easier to find in Ohio than in the rest of the country, and Obama said this has made it harder for Republicans at last week's convention to find a consistent message against his reelection.
“While they were busy telling folks how bad everything is, your governor, John Kasich…stood up there and told everybody that Ohio is now number one in the Midwest in job creation, fourth best in America,” the president said. “Which got folks kind of confused because if it’s all Obama’s fault and nothing’s going right, what’s going on in Ohio? Now I guess the theory was it’s all the governor’s doing. But I think we need to refresh his memory.”
One out of every eight jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry, and the president didn't miss the opportunity to remind the crowd that it was his administration that helped rescue that industry when it was struggling.