YOUNGSTOWN - United Autoworkers national president Bob King will be spending a lot of time the next 14 days on the campaign trail.
Appearing in Youngstown Tuesday afternoon, King continued the debate over whether bankrupt automakers General Motors and Chrysler could have survived without government support.
''There was no private financing available,'' King said matter-of-factly, as he stood, surrounded by about 125 local autoworkers and politicians outside the Mahoning County Board of Elections.
King was commenting on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's arguments that government money should not have been used in President Barack Obama's bailout of the automakers, instead favoring privately financed bankruptcy restructuring.
King was joined by UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz for the local visit. He said he plans to continue to stump for Obama the rest of this week and next, and will go "wherever they need me."
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who also spoke publicly Tuesday, said Republican attempts to criticize Obama's plan, by calling it things like "Obama Motors" will only fuel the fire when autoworkers head to the polls in time for the upcoming election.
Tuesday's event was planned to drive voters, including early votes, for Obama. UAW Local 1714 president Dave Green said union members are spending time on phone banks and knocking on doors in the ongoing grass roots efforts to drive votes.
''This is strictly a 'get out to vote' campaign,'' Green said. ''We know when we turn out to vote, we win elections.''