SEVERAL supporters of President Obama's re-election campaign chose 30th Street Station as the backdrop Wednesday to lambaste Mitt Romney for his proposal to end federal funding for Amtrak if he is elected president.
"There is a clear choice between investment and outright chaos," said state Rep. Tony Payton Jr., who was joined by several Democratic mayors from Massachusetts, where Romney was governor. "The time to invest in infrastructure is now."
During the Republican National Convention last month, Romney adopted a platform calling for full privatization and an end to government subsidies that support programs like the nation's passenger-rail operator.
Supporters at the news conference noted that Amtrak employs 2,670 Pennsylvania residents, buys $180 million in Pennsylvania products annually and distributes more than $200 million in state wages.