Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Second Presidential Debate

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 17, 2012.  Last night, President Obama drew a stark contrast between Mitt Romney’s vision for the future and his own. In doing so, he could not have made the choice clearer for working families.

There are powerful contrasts in the values of these two people. President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Act; Governor Romney touts his “binders full of women.” President Obama favors respect and rights for all people; Governor Romney says immigrants will “self deport” if they are starved of jobs and income. President Obama believes everybody should have a fair shot and play by the same rules and he supports good teachers and education for all our children; Governor Romney believes that if the richest Americans do well, it will solve our nation’s economic problems.

President Obama believes in honoring hard work and respecting the people who do it, whether their name is on the front door or their front pocket. He believes in rebuilding the American manufacturing sector and rebuilding our national infrastructure — so we can strengthen our middle class. He believes in protecting the vital public services Americans rely on, as well as the people who perform them.

In stark contrast, Mitt Romney is advocating for policies that he perfected at Bain Capital: Hollow out the middle class, outsource jobs and give even more tax breaks to the top 2 percent and make working families pay for them.  Despite his sudden flip from the ‘severe conservative’ to ‘Moderate Mitt,’ we’ve seen him dismiss half the country behind closed doors and sneer at the people who work hard every day and struggle to get by. Working America is a lot smarter than he gives us credit for — and we overwhelmingly reject his core policies that threaten the middle class.