Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

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Barack Obama manufacturing focus VirginiaBy Ken Thomas


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Praising manufacturing jobs, President Barack Obama was outlining ways of pairing factory output with university research in a bid to bring jobs back to the U.S. and help companies innovate.

Obama was traveling Friday to a manufacturing plant run by aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce in Prince George, Va., outlining a new proposal to create a series of regional institutes to help manufacturers spur new products and jobs.

The president was making his pitch hours after the government issued its February jobs report, the latest barometer of the economy. The report showed employers created 227,000 jobs last month, though the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3 percent.

Obama has highlighted the U.S. economy's addition of more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs during the past two years, touring factories in Wisconsin, Washington state and North Carolina in recent weeks. Political calculations are not far from the surface in these trips - Virginia is expected to be a major election battleground later this year, and the president was ending the day with fundraisers in Houston to stock up on campaign cash.

Obama has pointed to a decline in unemployment and improved fortunes in the manufacturing sector as a sign the economy is improving. Republicans hoping to challenge Obama have accused the president of failing to steer the economy out of the recession and placing obstacles like debt and burdensome regulations in the way of growth.


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parthenon1

Hope he didnt tout those at Solyndria or the other bankrupt green energy companies. He could gain lots of points by oking the Keystone Pipe Line but since he didnt I hope he enjoys being a past president.

March 11 2012 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shalebrook

After three years now?????? Not a very high priority for you, was it big fella-until it got closer to the 21012 election, that is. Promised us feore the 2008 election that he would have unemployment down to 6% by 2010. Where are we now? 8.3% with a huge number of underemployed and early retires who couldn't find full time jobs.

March 11 2012 at 4:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
eriemoon21

President Obama is such a good man. He is trying very very hard to make things better for all of us. Lets all support him and tell him what a good job he is doing :)

March 11 2012 at 3:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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candalou2

gas prices are driveing all the economy problems, Mr. Obama likes high gas prices.

March 11 2012 at 3:09 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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pafurlover44

OBAMA has done what he was PUT into office to do........Run this nation into the ground and he is doing a dam good job of that, Look for a video on youtube called "The Obama Deception" for the TRUTH about Obama!! liar and flat out fraud that he is!!!

March 11 2012 at 4:16 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
candalou2

gas prices are driveing all the economy problems, Mr. Obama likes high gas prices.

March 11 2012 at 3:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
pawpaw

heres a note foir you...it doesnt matter WHO is in office..outsourcing will continue to outpace any jobs created here...and those jobs created will continue to be at lesser wages and less benefits...those who own this country will see to it...simple as that...so keep bashing the dems and repubs...the band will play on.

March 11 2012 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
rodoner

Its difficult to believe his words.

March 11 2012 at 2:46 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
okorieoko

What are your other options, and which of them do you think you and the teabags would have supported? Oh yea, you would have voted for a free health care for all Iraqis, or voted for a no-bid contract so Halliburton can build 36 new airports in Iraq.

March 11 2012 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
okorieoko

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Don't just cut. Grow! Invest! We're worth it!

He can say what he wants about the President. We've witnessed firsthand that Repubs would be presidential candidates, and current congressmen, are as adept at governing as Lucy was at packing chocolates.
Thanks for reminding us of that image. It fits perfectly.

March 11 2012 at 2:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
okorieoko

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Government don’t create job?
Well now...whil¬e there may be some truth in that statement, except that the GOP rode into D.C. during the 2010 midterms talking about creating jobs, and failed to introduce a single piece of legislatio¬n to create jobs, and since corporate America has seen fit through the GOP to block every single initiative proposed by Obama, even those originally proposed from the GOP, where should the jobs come from exactly. Stop using talking points from Foxx crap Noise.

March 11 2012 at 2:36 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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