Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit
June 28th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his economic recovery message on the road Tuesday, telling a group of manufacturing workers in Iowa that while times remain tough, the administration has made a series of critical investments in the country's long-term development.

He also knocked Washington's harsh partisan environment, saying that lawmakers need to start working more as a team for the country's common good.

"I ran (for president in 2008) because I believe in an America where working families aren't just treading water, but where they're moving forward," the president said during a visit to an Alcoa plant in Bettendorf.

"I know these are difficult times," he conceded. "Sometimes it's tempting to turn cynical ... and start thinking that maybe our best days are behind us. But that's not the America I know."

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Topics: Economy • Iowa Caucuses
Did you know...?
Then-Senator Obama making a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 2007.
June 28th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Did you know...?

Barack Obama will be making his fifth visit as president to Iowa today.  After formally announcing his intention to run for president on Feb. 10, 2007 in Illinois, then-Senator Obama spent the next two days in Iowa with visits to Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Ames.  Obama held more than 100 town hall meetings with Iowans over the course of his 21-month race to the White House, according to his 2008 presidential campaign.  In 2008, Obama carried the state with 54 percent over Republican presidential nominee John McCain's 45 percent.

POTUS schedule June 28, 2011
June 28th, 2011
08:27 AM ET

POTUS schedule June 28, 2011

President Obama heads to Iowa this morning, not to talk politics but jobs and manufacturing.  According to Jen Psaki, deputy White House communications director the president is "going to focus his visit on growth of manufacturing."  

The president will visit Alcoa Davenport Works Factory, a facility with state of the art aluminum rolling capabilities.  It is a hub for Alcoa's $3 billion aerospace business.

The President's full schedule is after the jump

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