Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio To Raise Money For Mandel In D.C. And Ohio Over Next Few Days
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today “Treasurer” Josh Mandel will continue ignoring his responsibilities to Ohio taxpayers by not doing his job and instead welcome his Senate Idol Marco Rubio to town. Rubio, like Mandel, would have voted to let Ohio’s auto industry die despite the nearly 850,000 Ohio jobs that would have been in jeopardy. Unfortunately for Ohio voters, that’s not all they have in common.
While both have pledged to support an extreme Tea-Party budget proposal that “would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions,” Marco Rubio has stepped even further outside the mainstream, declaring that the landmark programs have “weakened us as a people.”
Does Josh Mandel agree with Sen. Rubio that Social Security and Medicare have “weakened us as a people” and is that why Mandel supports GOP attempts to devastate both programs?
Nearly 850,000 Ohioans have jobs tied to the auto industry and millions more rely on Social Security and Medicare. It’s time for Josh Mandel to finally explain his anti-middle class agenda.
“Marco Rubio would have voted to let Ohio’s auto industry die and believes Social Security and Medicare have ‘weakened us as a people,’ so it’s no surprise that he’s in town raising cash for his good buddy Josh Mandel who agrees that the auto industry shouldn’t have been saved and supports gutting important protections for our seniors,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “Now that he’s the nominee Josh Mandel should finally explain why he thinks 850,000 Ohio jobs tied to the auto industry weren’t worth fighting for and why he supports making devastating cuts to Social Security and Medicare.’”
Almost 850,000 Jobs In Ohio Are Supported By The Auto Industry. According to the Center for Automotive Research, there are 848,304 jobs in Ohio supported by the auto industry. [Center for Automotive Research - Industry Contribution Report, April 2010, pg. 48]
Marco Rubio On The Auto Rescue: “The Jobs Will Be Gone And We’ll Still Owe The Money.” In May 2009, American Spectator reported “Rubio was critical of the recent automaker bailouts, saying ‘The jobs will be gone and we’ll still owe the money. Washington should just get out of the way.’” [American Spectator, 05/19/09]
Rubio Said Social Security and Medicare “Weakened Us As A People.” In August 2011, Politifact reported “Sen. Marco Rubio, in a recent speech from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, said Social Security and Medicare “weakened us as a people.” [Politifact, 8/25/11]
Sen. Rubio Voted For Republican Budget Plan With “Significant Cuts” To Medicare. In May 2011, Senator Rubio voted for the Republican budget plan that called “for significant cuts to future Medicare benefits.” [Vote 77, 5/25/11; The Hill, 5/25/11]
Mandel Said He Was Developing A Plan To Save The Auto Rescue. The Youngstown Vindicator reported “Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said he is developing a plan to ‘rescue the auto industry.’” [Youngstown Vindicator, 3/2/12]
- Mandel: “I’m Not Saying The Bailout Didn’t Work.” The Youngstown Vindicator reported “‘I’m not saying the bailout didn’t work,’ Mandel said.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 3/2/12]
- Next Sentence: Mandel Disagreed That Auto Rescue Save The Auto Industry. The Youngstown Vindicator reported “But Mandel said he ‘respectfully disagreed’ that it saved the American auto industry.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 3/2/12]
Josh Mandel Has Signed the Cut Cap and Balance Pledge [Cut Cap Balance Act.com Senate signers, accessed 11/09/2011]
Politifact: Republican Budget Would Cost Ohio Seniors Over $6,000 A Year More Than Current System. In May 2011, Politifact wrote “Using CBO projections, the folks at Kaiser did the math, and determined that if a person who turned 65 in 2022 were to remain in the traditional Medicare system, the out-of-pocket costs would be just $5,630 – a full $6,870 less than it would be under the new program.” Politifact went on to note “In his speech, Tim Ryan said said that those new out-of-pocket costs would amount to $6,000 each year, a bit of less than what the CBO calculated. So although perhaps undersold, Tim Ryan’s claim is accurate with nothing significant missing for an understanding.” [Politifact, 5/25/11]
Center On Budget And Policy Priorities: Cut, Cap And Balance “Would Inexorably Subject Social Security And Medicare To Deep Reductions.” According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, proponents of Cut, Cap and Balance “seek to foster an impression that the measure would protect Social Security and Medicare. Such an impression would not be accurate. The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]