9/7/04 9:00 AM EST
Cleland Blasts Bush At Labor Day Even In Ohio
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that at an event in Lorain, Ohio, former Sen. Max Cleland, a popular Kerry campaign surrogate, spoke to "an estimated 10,000 union members and their families, attending Sunday's 10th annual Labor Day Family Celebration at Lakeview park." Cleland "was mobbed by fans, veterans, loyal Democrats and aspiring politicians both before and after the speech." Cleland criticized President Bush for his decision to go to war with Iraq, noting that "even as the casualties mount" in Iraq, Bush "is closing 11 Veterans Administration hospitals, including one here." Cleland also "said Bush is the first president since Hoover (1928-32) to preside over an economy that actually lost jobs, 1.6 million, including 170,000 manufacturing jobs in Ohio, since 2000."