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In spite of General Motors campaign ban, Obama and Biden hold events nearby

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

President Obama and Vice President Biden may have been banned from campaigning at General Motors factories, but that hasn’t stopped the pair from getting as close as they can to important auto factories in Ohio to tout the success of the  bailout.

Last Friday, Vice President Joe Biden campaigned at an United Auto Workers union hall about two miles from the Lordstown, Ohio plant that manufactures the Chevy Cruze.

Eight days earlier, General Motors announced a $220 million investment into the Ohio Cruze plants in Lordstown for the 2015 model year, a decision that was highly praised by local union chairmen.

According to the Wall Street Journal General Motors scrapped a planned event to celebrate the announcement because they were worried that Biden “might seek to attend an event GM had planned to limit to employees and some Ohio political figures.”

President Obama also touted the Lordstown autoworkers yesterday while promoting the success of the auto bailout during a visit to Toledo, Ohio.

“We weren’t going to let Detroit go bankrupt, or Lordstown go bankrupt, or Toledo go bankrupt,” Obama said. “I stood with American workers.  I stood with American manufacturing.  I believed in you.  I bet on you.”

The campaign event was held at Scott high School in Toledo, less than 6 miles from a General Motors transmission factory.

Prior to the event, Obama had breakfast with three UAW members at a Toledo diner.

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