The right wing Republican nominee accused the workers of causing the plant closing, what happened next was a lulu.
Not only did Ormet's workers rely on the company for a decent living but the economies of Ohio River communities hung on the company's survival.
"It makes no sense that manufacturing workers and taxpayers are still being asked to subsidize the cost of shipping our jobs overseas with a tax loophole that should be eliminated."
Ms. Tennant is in a tight race with outgoing Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito for the seat. The race could be a decisive one in this year's national battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
The "new populism" spoken of at the conference was described, defined and delivered with hope and realism.
President Obama says more federal spending will help avert a looming crisis that could stifle economic growth and torment commuters.
The proportion of the unemployed and underemployed, including those so discouraged they stopped seeking work, is still one of every eight workers.
There are nearly two million fewer jobs in mid- and higher-wage industries than there were before the recession took hold, while there are 1.85 million more jobs in lower-wage industries.
The Senate passed a bill reviving the program for long-term jobless workers. House leaders have said they won't take up the Senate bill, and Congress is due to leave town for a two-week recess.
Obama's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would increase spending for innovative manufacturing and infrastructure improvements and raise the federal minimum wage.