WKYC's Romona Robinson interviews President Obama

5:35 PM, Apr 27, 2011   |    comments
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Channel 3 News Anchor Romona Robinson sat down with President Barack Obama in a White House interview Tuesday.

We had portions of Romona's interview with the President on Channel 3 News at 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Romona reported live on her interview with President Obama from Washington, DC.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for me to ask him the questions that are important to all of us here in Northeast Ohio," said Romona Robinson.

"Channel 3 viewers want to understand the issues and hear what's being done about jobs creation in Ohio, the price of gas and the impact of Senate Bill 5."

Obama says he strongly disapproves of new laws restricting public employee unions in Ohio and Wisconsin and that states should not use the financial crisis as an excuse to erode bargaining rights.

He tells Romona that public employees should not be blamed for a financial crisis that they had nothing to do with and that sacrifices should be shared in tough economic times.

Under Ohio's new law known as Senate Bill 5, 350,000 public workers can negotiate wages and certain work conditions but not health care, sick time or pension benefits.

Opponents hope to ask voters to overturn the measure. The have to collect 231,000 signatures by June 30 to get a referendum on teh November ballot.

Wisconsin's law covering 175,000 workers - exempting police and firefighters - is temporarily blocked by a court order.

Obama tells Robinson: "Whether it's Wisconsin or what we're seeing in Ohio, I strongly disapprove."

Related: Gov. Kasich blasts Obama for union law comments


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