Minnesota company at center of Presidential campaign

8:49 AM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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ROANOKE, Va. - A Minnesota-based company once again has found itself at the center of presidential politics.

Thursday morning, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned at the Virginia location for Marvin Windows and Doors, but it's not the first time the Warroad-based company has been mentioned during the campaign.

President Barack Obama referred to the company of 4,000 workers during a speech in Virginia last December. Most notably, the President mentioned Marvin Windows during his Democratic National Convention speech in September as well as during the debates, hailing the company's efforts to successfully avoid layoffs during the recession.

"Even when their competitors shut down dozens of plants, the owner gave up perks and pay," Obama said during the DNC speech.

Turned out, Republicans jumped at the mention, knowing the company's actual political leanings.

"We received a call from Sen. Norm Coleman wanting to know if the family and Susan Marvin and Jake Marvin were supportive of a Romney-Ryan ticket," said John Kirchner, the company's spokesman.

The Marvins have, in fact, made donations to the Romney campaign.

And they agreed to play a part in the campaign, which was how Thursday's campaign stop came about.

As for getting the recognition from both sides of the campaign, the company says they welcome it.

"We certainly appreciate the recognition and glad we're receiving it from the highest levels of American government," Kirchner said. "The nice part is they're both arguing the same point that this is a great company that's doing great things."

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