ABC News’ Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:
For presidential candidate Mitt Romney today, the venue says it all.
Romney, who has been hugely critical of President Barack Obama’s handling of the struggling economy, will hold his first official press conference of his campaign today at a Pennsylvania factory that closed down just weeks after a visit by Obama, who said at the time that the plant would be helped by the $787 billion stimulus.
President Barack Obama visited Allentown Metal Works in December 2009, at the time saying that while the factory works at the century-old plant were hurting, they’d be buoyed by the Recovery Act.
But in January 2010, the plant closed its doors for good.
The factory’s storied history will not only be the backdrop for today’s presser but is also the subject of a new web video, “Obama Isn’t Working,” released by the Romney campaign this morning.
The video uses footage from Obama’s visit to Allentown back in 2009 and then some from the local news footage when the factory closed. Text reading, “Over 100,000 Pennsylvania jobs lost since President Obama took office,” and “39,800 Manufacturing Jobs Lost Since 2009,” are stamped across the screen.
The web video ends with a still image of Allentown Metal Works today – an abandoned and rundown factory floor.
Romney’s press conference is scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. And at nearly the exact same time, President Obama arrives in Pennsylvania for a series of DNC events in the state.