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Workers at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant have just returned from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where they attempted to reach out to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president.
The workers, along with Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp (D) and other local leaders, will hold a press conference at the plant, 2520 S. Walnut, Freeport, Ill., at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, to speak out against a “Romney economy.”
The press conference will occur just hours before Romney gives his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
Sensata employees have been attempting to reach out to Romney in attempts to gain his support in saving their jobs. Massachusetts-based Sensata plans to close the Freeport plant in December and outsource 170 jobs to China. Workers at the plant are training their Chinese replacements, who have been flown to Illinois by the company.
Romney is a co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm that created Sensata in 2006. According to SEC filings, Romney served as CEO of Bain Capital from its founding in 1984 until 2002, although Romney has repeatedly said he left the company in 1999.
Romney will deliver his acceptance speech beginning around 9 p.m. (Central), Thursday, Aug. 30. The schedule, by hour, for the final day of the convention is as follows (all times Central):
• Call to order
• Introduction of Colors U.S. Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team
• Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka
• National Anthem sung by SEVEN
• Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins
• Remarks by Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla.
• Reagan Legacy Video
• Remarks by former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and wife Callista Gingrich
• Remarks by Craig Romney
• Remarks by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R)
• Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign
• Remarks by Grant Bennett
• Remarks by Tom Stemberg
• Remarks by former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, R-Mass.
• Remarks by Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts secretary of workforce
• Remarks by Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode
• Remarks by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
• Remarks by presidential nominee Mitt Romney
• Benediction by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
• House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, declares convention end
Romney’s acceptance speech will bring to a close a four-day convention that has included speeches by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio; former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Ann Romney; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R); former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Taking center stage Wednesday, Aug. 29, was vice presidential nominee, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Ryan, 42, a Janesville, Wis., native, pledged in his acceptance speech that if elected, a Romney-Ryan White House would not “duck the tough issues” and would “take responsibility” for the nation’s future.
Ryan accused President Barack Obama of “shifting blame” and “throwing away money” and also promised a Romney-Ryan White House would approach the nation’s issues through “good-faith reforms and solutions.”
“I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression,” Ryan said. “I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power. They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left.”
Ryan also spoke with pride of his hometown, Janesville, Wis., during his speech.
“My Dad, a small-town lawyer, was also named Paul,” Ryan said. “Until we lost him when I was 16, he was a gentle presence in my life. I like to think he’d be proud of me and my sister and brothers, because I’m sure proud of him and of where I come from, Janesville, Wis.
“I live on the same block where I grew up, Ryan said. “We belong to the same parish where I was baptized. Janesville is that kind of place. The people of Wisconsin have been good to me. I’ve tried to live up to their trust. And now I ask those hardworking men and women, and millions like them across America, to join our cause and get this country working again.”
Ryan also used the closing of the Janesville GM plant as an example of the failure of the Obama administration’s efforts to improve the economy.
“President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two,” Ryan said. “Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.
“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant,” Ryan said. “Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight. … So, here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?”
An Aug. 30 Rasmussen Reports poll showed Obama and Romney tied at 45 percent, while an Aug. 29 Gallup poll showed Obama edging Romney 47-46 percent.
Posted Aug. 30, 2012