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VOA双语新闻 - 选战必争俄亥俄 经济裁员关注多

时间:2011-06-10 07:23来源:互联网 提供网友:eu016146   字体: [ ]

  The faltering1 U.S. economy and the loss of manufacturing jobs in the Midwestern U.S. state of Ohio are dominating the presidential election contest there, and that could spell trouble for Republican candidate John McCain. McCain needs to win the Ohio vote to have any hope of becoming the next president. Analysts2 are keeping a close eye on the state, which has gone for the winner in the last 11 presidential elections. Experts say social issues have helped swing the state to the Republican side in the last two elections. Economic issues are on the minds of Ohio voters this year, and that could help Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
Ron Davis started his career as a steelworker in Ohio 29 years ago. Davis, who is president of the local branch of the United Steel Workers Union, just learned that 350 people who work in his plant's remaining building are going to be laid off.
"I've got family and friends that are working in there, people that I've known for many years," said Ron Davis. "And their future's the one I'm worried about."
戴维斯:“我有亲戚和朋友在这家工厂工作, 也有很多相处多年的同事。他们的前途是我担心的事情。”
That worry is translating into action at the local Union hall where members who usually support Republicans are campaigning for Democratic candidates.
Ron Davis says that this year, things are different.
"This year, the scales are tipped," he said. "And I think you're going to see a lot of Republicans voting for Obama this year."
Presidential elections are usually hard-fought battles in Ohio, and public opinion polls show that the race between Republican John McCain and Democrat3 Barack Obama is close.
Rural central Ohio often goes Republican. Most of the big cities - Cleveland in the northeast, Columbus in the middle - lately have supported Democrats4. So do industrial towns, such as Youngstown in the northeast.
During his campaign visits to the state, Senator Obama has focused on the economic crisis he says is the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
"I don't have to tell you, Ohio, 760,000 workers have lost their jobs so far this year," said Barack Obama.
Senator McCain has tried to counter that message, warning Ohio voters that Obama would increase their taxes.
"He believes in redistributing the wealth not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans," said John McCain.
Around the city of Youngstown, many manufacturing jobs have been lost. An aluminum5 plant on the outskirts6 of the city closed last year. Although Democrats are running strong here, retired7 union leader, Mike Rubicz, says many voters feel conflicted.
在扬斯敦周围的一些大型工厂,很多工作机会都没有了。这个城市近郊的一家铝厂去年倒闭 。虽然民主党在这里声势浩大,退休工会负责人鲁比茨说,很多选民感到困惑。
"Because on one hand, there's a concern about Obama in terms of his experience and the fact that he's a black man and, at the same time, they don't see that McCain really has a program to help them," said Mike Rubicz.
Although Democrats appear to be using the faltering economy to their advantage, Youngstown Republicans like McCain volunteer Tracey Winbush say they are making headway.
"It's the economy," said Tracey Winbush. "It is social issues."
"We pray for the president," said Chuck Michaelis. "We pray for the vice8 president."
Chuck Michaelis leads a Wednesday evening prayer group. Religion is a powerful political motivator in Ohio, especially among abortion9 opponents like Kevin Dill.
"I probably lean more towards the Republican side," said Kevin Dill. "But I would say that's mainly because I have been more impressed with Sarah Palin."
Despite the efforts of John McCain and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, many Democrats say they will vote for Barack Obama and his running mate Senator Joe Biden.
And while many social conservatives favor John McCain, some, like Diana Anderson, are reconsidering.
"Ya, I had to relook at things and study harder and I'm back to where I'm definitely going to vote for Obama," said Diana Anderson.
Opinion polls show the race between McCain and Obama is still too close to call, as Ohio's wrenching10 economic transformation11 will play a key role in the election. Both candidates are counting on victory in Ohio to give them the edge in the state-by-state battle to win the 270 electoral votes necessary to claim the White House.


1 faltering b25bbdc0788288f819b6e8b06c0a6496     
  • The economy shows no signs of faltering. 经济没有衰退的迹象。
  • I canfeel my legs faltering. 我感到我的腿在颤抖。
2 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
3 democrat Xmkzf     
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
4 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 aluminum 9xhzP     
  • The aluminum sheets cannot be too much thicker than 0.04 inches.铝板厚度不能超过0.04英寸。
  • During the launch phase,it would ride in a protective aluminum shell.在发射阶段,它盛在一只保护的铝壳里。
6 outskirts gmDz7W     
  • Our car broke down on the outskirts of the city.我们的汽车在市郊出了故障。
  • They mostly live on the outskirts of a town.他们大多住在近郊。
7 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
8 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
9 abortion ZzjzxH     
  • She had an abortion at the women's health clinic.她在妇女保健医院做了流产手术。
  • A number of considerations have led her to have a wilful abortion.多种考虑使她执意堕胎。
10 wrenching 30892474a599ed7ca0cbef49ded6c26b     
n.修截苗根,苗木铲根(铲根时苗木不起土或部分起土)v.(猛力地)扭( wrench的现在分词 );扭伤;使感到痛苦;使悲痛
  • China has been through a wrenching series of changes and experiments. 中国经历了一系列艰苦的变革和试验。 来自辞典例句
  • A cold gust swept across her exposed breast, wrenching her back to reality. 一股寒气打击她的敞开的胸膛,把她从梦幻的境地中带了回来。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
11 transformation SnFwO     
  • Going to college brought about a dramatic transformation in her outlook.上大学使她的观念发生了巨大的变化。
  • He was struggling to make the transformation from single man to responsible husband.他正在努力使自己由单身汉变为可靠的丈夫。
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