ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN)- Seeking to build momentum and rally support for his jobs agenda, President Obama began the first of three campaign-style day trips around the country Wednesday a day after his fourth State of the Union address.
Traveling to Asheville, North Carolina Mr. Obama spoke at an auto parts plant to highlight his proposals he hopes will make America a "magnet" for jobs and manufacturing.
"I believe in manufacturing I think it makes our country stronger," Mr. Obama told the small crowd of workers gathered around the makeshift podium in the center of the factory.
Calling the middle class the "true engine of American economic growth" and "the North star that guides everything we do," the president warned there would be "no magic bullet".
He went on to try to rally support for his proposals now stalled in a partisan Congress.
“[W]e've got to stop with some of the politics that we see in Washington sometimes that's focused on who's up and who's down, and let's just focus on the same kind of common sense and cooperation that we're seeing at this plant," said Mr. Obama. FULL POST
Last night President Obama delivered his State of the Union address in front of the 113th congress. In his speech he called for the expansion of pre-school education for every 4-year-old, an increase in the minimum wage and a plan to create 15 "manufacturing institutes". He reiterated his call for a program to repair the infrastructure of the nation's roads and bridges. On the foreign policy front he announced 33,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by this time next year.
Today the president will travel to Asheville, NC to highlight a Canadian auto parts company that has recently increased it's investment in the U.S.
Full Transcript of The State of the Union address
The White House Schedule
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
11:10AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Asheville, North. Asheville Regional Airport
11:35AM THE PRESIDENT tours Linamar North Carolina Factory. Linamar Factory, Asheville, North Carolina
12:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks. Linamar Factory, Asheville, North Carolina
1:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville Regional Airport
2:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
2:55PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One