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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Wednesday, October 06, 2004

    Cleveland's poor moment 

    Moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS asked one question about the economy that hit home. ``Mr. Vice President,'' she said, ``the Census Bureau ranks Cleveland as the biggest poor city in the country: 31 percent jobless rate. You two gentlemen are pretty well off. You did well for yourselves in the private sector. What can you tell the people of Cleveland or people of cities like Cleveland that your administration will do to better their lives?''

    Cheney offered this: ``I think probably the most successful thing we can do with respect to ending poverty is to get people jobs.'' (Oh really?) The vice president went on to explain that jobs grow in a business friendly environment and where students are well educated. ``We're making significant progress,'' he said.

    Edwards spoke of the Kerry plan to eliminate tax cuts for companies sending jobs overseas and to balance the federal budget so U.S. interest payments do not eat away at potential prosperty. With incentives to keep jobs in America, Edwards said an administration he is part of would not join the Bush-Cheney administration as one losing jobs - the first in 70 years to do so.

    Neither answer was sufficiently detailed but at least Edwards acknowledges that Ohio has a problem.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:34 AM

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