COLUMBUS, OH (CNN) - President Barack Obama began a swing through the battleground states of Ohio and Nevada on Tuesday with a focus on education, slamming his Republican opponents for a budget he said would mean deep cuts to education programs and make college less affordable.
Speaking on a college campus in a state he won in 2008, the president touted his administration's efforts to make college more affordable through grants and tax credits and used his own biography to stress the importance of education.
"I'm only standing before you today because of the chance my education gave me," he told the crowd gathered on the quad at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. "So I can tell you, with some experience, that making higher education more affordable for our young people - it's something I've got a personal stake in."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama hailed Senate passage of a bill to extend for two months the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance - two key provisions of his jobs bill - saying the money would provide a lifeline to struggling families and make "a real difference" in the lives of people trying to buy groceries and pay the bills.
The president's comments came just hours after the Senate voted 89-10 to pass the measure, which also included a provision that prevents a drop in Medicare payments to doctors. But the House must still pass the bill, and it's not yet clear it has the support it needs to pass there. The president plans to delay his annual holiday trip to Hawaii until the House votes, senior administration officials said.