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Obama to Promote Manufacturing in Virginia

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will use a visit to the battleground state of Virginia on Friday to announce plans for $1 billion in competitive grants to boost manufacturing.

The president will outline a proposal to create a series of regional manufacturing institutes intended to “make our manufacturers more competitive and encourage investment in the United States,” according to the White House.

Funding for the “National Network for Manufacturing Innovation” was included in the president’s federal budget proposal.

Obama will detail his plan in a speech at the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe jet engine disc manufacturing facility in Prince George County, Va., just south of Richmond.

Later on Friday, the president will travel to Houston to raise money for his 2012 campaign.

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Perry Pushes Energy Industry at Iowa Manufacturing Forum

Alex Wong/Getty Images(PELLA, Iowa) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought his economic and energy message to Iowa Tuesday, expressing his commitment to utilize the energy sector to reinvigorate hiring in this country.

"I want to talk about the jobs plan first about getting Americans back to work on the energy side of things without having to go to Congress, without asking anything, signing my name to executive orders and to executive actions.  You can open these Western lands for the energy side of things and putting some people back to work almost immediately," a seemingly re-energized Perry said at the National Association of Manufacturers Presidential Forum, moderated by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

Perry described himself as "an all of the above energy guy” and criticized the federal government for providing subsidies to the energy sector.

“From Washington, D.C., I do not think it is the federal government’s business to be picking winners and losers in frankly in any of our energy sources. I mean, these two solar debacles that we’ve seen are pretty good examples of that, but if a state wants to, we put into place in the state of Texas an incentive for renewables and the wind energy came in and took great advantage of. That’s the reason we became the number one energy producing state in the country.”

As he tries to reboot his campaign by directing voters' attention to his job creation record, Perry promoted his new tax plan unveiled last week, which provides an optional 20 percent flat tax and a 20 percent income tax, vowing it would put more money in the pockets of ordinary Americans.

“In Texas or in Iowa or whatever state it is, we know that the way that you create jobs is by not overtaxing, over-regulating, or over-litigating,” Perry said. “It’s worked in the state of Texas for a decade.  I think we’re the fifteenth largest economy in the world. If it’ll work in Texas, it’ll work in this country.”

When discussing the need to enhance the skilled workforce in this country, Perry delved into the high cost of higher education and touted an idea he promoted in February to develop bachelor degree programs that only cost $10,000.

"I think it’s costing way too much money for a young person to go through four years of college. We have allowed way too much cost to creep into the cost of tuition," Perry said. “I laid out an idea this last year that we ought to be able to deliver a degree that costs $10,000 total.  Now there were a whole lot of people whose jaws hit the ground, and most of them are working on college campuses, but the fact is we ought to really be bringing it home that we’re charging way too much money for the education we’re giving our kids."

Last week, Perry’s campaign launched its first advertising campaign in the Hawkeye State, selling his economic record in Texas with two separate ads.  Perry, who is on his seventh trip to Iowa, placed fifth in a statewide poll released by the Des Moines Register Saturday.

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Obama Touts Manufacturing In Campaign-Style Event In Iowa

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BETTENDORF, Iowa) -- In what was supposed to be an “official” visit to Iowa by the president Tuesday to highlight manufacturing, Obama urged voters to be patient with the slow economic recovery and tried to incite some of the infamous excitement that propelled him to victory in the state in 2008.
Obama’s visit, his fifth to Iowa since he took office, was yet another stop on his “Made In America” jobs push aimed at highlighting the importance of manufacturing to America’s economic recovery. The president highlighted Alcoa, an aluminum factory that exports its products around the world and even makes the wings on Air Force One, as an example of America’s resilience.

Despite recent lagging economic indicators, including last month’s 9.1-percent unemployment rate, the president touted that his administration has created more than two million new private sector jobs over the last 15 months, including close to 250,000 in manufacturing.
“For a lot of Americans, those numbers don't matter much if they're still out of work or if they have a job that doesn't pay enough to make the mortgage or pay the bills.  So we've got more work to do.  And that work is going to take some time,” Obama said. “The problems that we developed didn't happen overnight. We're not going to solve them overnight either. But we will solve them.  We'll solve them because after all we've been through, we are still the United States of America.”
The president also criticized political bickering in Washington, saying lawmakers need to come together and focus on the common good. “Sometimes it's tempting to turn cynical and to be doubtful about the future and to start thinking maybe our best days are behind us,” he said. “We've got to start working like a team.  Instead of having the kind of squabbling we see in Washington all the time, everybody's got to start thinking together the way engineers and workers and the business side of Alcoa thinks together.”
While the White House said Obama’s trip to Iowa would focus on the economy, not politics, Tuesday’s event was transparently aimed at the 2012 campaign. In 2008 Obama flipped the swing state from red to blue, winning by nine percentage points. However, the poor economy and rush of GOP candidates campaigning in Iowa may be endangering his popularity in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Republicans argued Tuesday that Obama’s trip to Iowa was not about creating jobs for Americans but saving his own job in the White House. “This president is one of the most politically calculating people we’ve ever had in the White House. Almost all of his visits are political, and certainly now that he’s starting his campaign season sooner than any president that we can remember in modern history. This is certainly another day for the campaigner-in-chief,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters.

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