WASHINGTON (AP) — Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either.
And yet Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is talking about the bank on the campaign trail, portraying it as a job creator that must be protected against tea party ideologues.
"We've got to do more so support our export capabilities.
We've got to make sure we keep Virginia competitive in the global economy," Warner told all of a dozen unionized port workers in Norfolk at an event Monday. "This port is essential to not just to Virginia's economy, but since we are shipping a variety of goods, coal, other things from all around the mid-Atlantic, this is essential to our nation's economy as well.