Gov. Quinn Tries to 'Set Record Straight' at DNC
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Democrats have been defending President Obama's record on health reform, welfare and jobs at the Democratic National Convention. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was one of the first.
Quinn told the delegates that the Republican attacks on the president were untrue, and gave Obama credit for saving the auto industry.
"When President Obama took office, the Chrysler plant in Belvedere, Ill., employed just 200 people, and today that same Chrysler plant is employing more than 4,000 American workers."
Democrats credited Obama with creating 4.5 million private-sector jobs, but stressed that he needed more time to fix the economy because it was in such bad shape when he took office.
Quinn accused the Republicans of making up charges during their convention about Obama's record on welfare.
"They went on and on, pretending that our president weakened its work requirements. Now, everyone knows that that is a ridiculous charge."
Obama has told reporters that his administration agreed to give states some flexibility in how they manage their welfare rolls as long as it prompted more people to find work - and that the change was in response to requests from five governors, including two Republicans.
Democrats say the president needs one more term to repair an inherited recession that was the worst since the Great Depression.
get more stories like this via email
LANSING, Mich. - High utility costs are a major burden for Michigan's low-income residents, and a new study says they have an impact on their health…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …
Health and Wellness
By Troy Pierson / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. As marijuana becomes more …
SALT LAKE CITY - With rising numbers of people targeted in hate crimes and related violence, a new report analyzes the hate-crime laws in each state…
BOSTON - Educators' unions are calling on the state to support their efforts to ensure in-person learning in the fall keeps students, teachers…
HARTFORD, Conn. - In Connecticut, more than 460,000 people care for close friends or family members who can't manage on their own - and their …
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Millions of Americans soon could find eviction notices on their front doors, but New Mexico renters will not be among them - as …
Health and Wellness
CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire advocates for affordable healthcare access want Congress to lower prescription costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate …