‘‘It’s important to remember than one in eight jobs in the state of Ohio is tied to the auto industry,’’ Clinton told voters in Parma last week. ‘‘When you were down and you were out, the president had your back. Now, you've got to have his.’’
Not so fast, says Dennis Muniak, a 60-year-old Parma resident who attended the Clinton rally near Cleveland.
‘‘Seven out of eight jobs aren’t auto jobs,’’ countered Muniak, who is drawing disability benefits.
Back in Trumbull County’s city of Warren, just across the railroad tracks from the Lordstown plant, General Motors retiree George Vukovich cast his ballot early for Obama.
‘‘In this valley, we are autos. Obama took care of us. He kept his promise. Now, we have to have his back,’’ the 61-year-old Vukovich said before acknowledging the auto industry’s heyday might be in its past.
Across the street from the early voting site, weeds are growing high at a car audio shop that has shut its doors. A retail plaza next door is vacant.
‘‘We were lucky. We worked through the glory days of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s,’’ Vukovich said. ‘‘Those days are over. But I have great insurance and I have a great retirement.’’
Thanks to the taxpayers, Chuck Wirebaugh clucks.
‘‘Obama sold out to the auto unions. GM would be better off had it gone through bankruptcy like everyone else has to. Instead, they got special treatment and a sweetheart bailout,’’ the 69-year-old retiree from Cortland said after he cast his ballot early for Romney.
‘‘Obama shouldn’t have the job,’’ Wirebaugh said. ‘‘He should be a used car salesman. It’s about the only thing he’s qualified to be.’’