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President Obama Rolls Through the Heartland

posted on August 19, 2011

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Barnstorming the Midwest much like an election-year campaign cycle, President Barack Obama doubled-down hard on the themes of job creation and the resilience of rural America.

President Barack Obama: “You know, I think, a lot of times, there have been folks who said -- who wonder whether our best days are still ahead of us or are they behind us. But I will tell you, when I travel through downstateIllinois, when I traveled through Iowa, when I traveled through the Midwest, I am absolutely confident about this country.”

The President began the tour in scenic southeastern Minnesota, leveling blame for current market volatility and public angst at the feet of Congressional lawmakers.

Later speaking to rural Americans at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, Obama vowed to fight for an economic comeback.

Despite the campaign-style rhetoric, many rural Americans remain skeptical about economic conditions. President Obama’s potential challengers are even more critical.

Newly minted Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry blasted the current administration during a speech at the Iowa State Fair.

Back on the presidential bus tour, Obama paid tribute to the next generation of hybrid seed technology at Wyffles Hybrids in Atkinson, Illinois.

The administration has vowed to debut a new jobs initiative in early September after congressional leaders return from an August recess.  The Obama jobs plan will likely include a litany of business tax breaks for hiring new employees and fresh spending on infrastructure projects.  Under pressure from record deficit spending, the administration claims the tax breaks and new spending will be offset by cuts in other programs.


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