President Stumps for Middle Class at Iowa Rally
President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa about his plan for the economy.
July 10th, 2012
07:22 PM ET

President Stumps for Middle Class at Iowa Rally

(Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – Arriving at an auditorium overflowing with supporters here this afternoon, President Obama made his pitch to Iowans in hopes of winning their support in November.

“This was a state that gave me a chance when nobody else would,” said the president, whose path to the Democratic nomination began with a win at the Iowa caucuses in 2008.

Obama went on to win the state by 10 percent of Republican Nominee John McCain in the general election, and while Iowa has only six electoral votes, it promises to be a battleground state once again. This was the president’s fourth visit to the state this year, and second to Cedar Rapids.

During his remarks, Obama repeated his message of restoring America’s middle class just one day after issuing a plea to Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year.

Before his rally at Kirkwood Community College, the president stopped at the home of Jason McLaughlin – an educator about to assume the job of principal at a local high school – and his wife Ali – a manager of a document scanning company. The president pointed to the McLaughlins as an example of the type of family that would benefit from a continuation of the lower tax rates for middle- and low-income workers.

“Extending the middle class tax cuts is just so important to my family,” said McLaughlin, the father of a 4-year-old son and another child on the way. “And the president is investing in our students’ Head Start, Pell grants, scholarships and job training programs.”

But health care, tax cuts for small businesses and the state of the economy drew the loudest reactions from the audience as the president laid out his vision for restoring jobs to the flagging US economy.

“I want hi-tech manufacturing to take heart in places like Cedar Rapids and Newton and Des Moines,” the president said to cheers from the audience. “I want goods stamped with ‘Made in America’ sold all around the world.”

Not to be outdone, Republicans went on the offensive Tuesday, staging their own event at Kirkwood prior to the president’s visit to attack his record on job creation. Addressing members of the media, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus rolled out a new GOP Web site,, claiming that federal money awarded by the Obama administration to foreign companies is tantamount to outsourcing.

The president did not directly respond to this new accusation, instead continuing his attacks on likely rival Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress who see tax cuts as a means of economic recovery.

“What’s at stake are two very different visions for our country,” the president said.

Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • President Obama

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. GOP = LIARS???? Yup.

    Republicans HATE the TRUTH..... That Obama and the Dems are better for America than the corporate owned GOP!!!
    Hence the following story.... The TRUTH will cause any reasonable American to vote for Obama... HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • John

      Obama "no new taxes" – Obamacare gives us billions in taxes. I assume you think BO is a Repub? And, BTW, illegals accout for over 300 million in healthcare expenses in MA alone – so when Obama was called a liar about illegals not getting medial coverage paid for he lied. He wrote two books. When people started to question some of the things he wrote he said he may have made up some of the stories in the books – so he lied there also.
      I agree, repubs lie, but dems also lie, but most of all, Obama lies and he just hit us with billions in taxes.

      July 11, 2012 at 8:40 am |
      • jean2009

        Idiot Rethugliklans.

        July 13, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • DM

      Jokes on you my friend. You are delusional.

      July 11, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • RealityBites

      Meanwhile..., in real news.

      Economists slash growth forecasts:

      The downgrade comes after reports showed exports to foreign countries and business inventories contributed less than expected, and far less than touted by this administration, to the economy in the second quarter.Both business inventories and exports are key components of Gross Domestic Product, the broadest measure of economic growth. The estimates for second quarter growth now range from 1.2% to 1.7%

      Or as Obama would say., this economy is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.

      July 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • Steveo

        THIS is exactly what what Romney needs to be talking about! Yet the left is going to blame Bush even after having 3.5 years at the wheel.

        July 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Blaming Bush would be actually blaming the right person...everyone with an ounce of sense knows historically where the problem started....and the reason was deregulation and tax breaks for the weathiest 1%.

        4.4 million jobs lost 2007-2008 .... 21 straight months of job losses. The engineer at the controls of the train when it goes off the tracks is the person whose wreckless driving is at fault.
        Oct. 2008 – 240,000 jobs lost.
        Nov. 2008 -533,000 jobs lost
        Dec 2008 -632,000 jobs lost
        11,000 jobs being lost per day

        Facts and historical dates don't lie.

        July 13, 2012 at 10:45 am |
      • Steveo

        Jean, provide the data for 2009 to the present. Why just stop at 2008? Afraid of what the numbers may show under the new guy? Selective reporting at it's worst!

        July 13, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  2. Frank Marshall Davis

    Some people will believe anything. Obama is lucky to have such deluded followers and shills.

    July 11, 2012 at 5:08 am |
    • jsmoulder

      You are so right.

      July 11, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Hey, Frank, the people reaching out for Obama and the people taking pictures are ALL WHITE in this photo. Seems you and a bunch of other haters were really out to get him over a photo of him at a burger joint in a previous blog where the only folks in the picture were black.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        We can count you among the deluded.

        July 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • demwit

        Does ALL WHITE == Middle Class now??

        July 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Let's see, .....I was talking about another blog on this site where people were bitchin' that the only people in the photo with Obama were non-white. And, I wanted to know if this photo is more to Frankie's liking. There are ALL SORTS of COLORS in the middle class, just like there are ALL SORTS of COLORS of poor folks and rich ones. Just read the disrespect of Jerry's post below about '..the monkey has personality.' – that particuliar blog was filled with Jerrys. Sickening.

        July 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    The headline shouldn't be "Obama stumps for middle class". It should be "Obama stumps for middle class votes".

    July 11, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • demwit

      Obama dumps on middle class

      July 11, 2012 at 8:32 am |
      • John

        It is the dem form of "trickle down"...

        July 11, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      The Middle Class Floats this boat, my friends – As much as you don't want to admit it.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I wonder how those people in Stockton, California and Scranton, Pa. will vote in November. States are scraping the bottom to make ends meet. You want to be a Democrat? Keep doing what you are doing now. You will get there. No funds, no job, no hope. Isn't it wonderful what 75 Years of Big Liberal Social Programs will do. 48 Million on Food Stamps, a 16 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, Want more? Vote Obama.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • DM

      Yeah, Obama added more people to the disability payroll last month than those he added to the employment list!

      July 11, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      This is how stupid you are – the State House has been controlled by Republicans.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        I'm speaking about California. We lost ground because Republicans can't find their way even in good weather.

        July 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
      • Steveo

        Wow! Really? Per wiki concerning the majority of the Cali Legislature:


        The California State Legislature currently has a Democratic majority, with the Senate consisting of 25 Democrats and 15 Republicans and the Assembly consisting of 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor's office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.

        July 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  5. Lionel

    Good Job Obama. You saved us from a great depression which my grandparents remembers. Mitt Romney and the GOD will have sent us into this great depression, millions of jobs would have been lost. Thankfully, Obama's administration has created over 4.4 million jobs in America rather than outsourcing them to China and India.

    This man deserves to be re-elected. 4 more years. Don't believe the lies from the Right Wing Nuts.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • DM

      The President actually has a net loss of jobs since he took office. And this in spite of the failed stimumus.

      July 11, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      We won't believe lies from left-wing nuts like you either.

      July 11, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  6. DM

    I just saw the latest Washington Post/ABC poll: The President and Romney are tied. However, the majority criticize Obama's handling of the economy, health care and immigration. What is more disturbing for Obama is that the poll leans heavily toward democrats and not republicans.

    July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  7. Ann

    Mit Romney has the personality of a wet mop, no ideas for the country, no ideas for jobs and no ideas to fix the health care system he and his puppet masters are toast come November and they know it

    July 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • DM

      Polls tell a different story. Romney is tied or leading (and this is with the bias of the polls).

      July 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Ron Paul and his supporters have a surprise for you hardcore old school Republicans. Karl Rove is hopping mad that he is not in control of the PR. The party will have a different lookin the future than it does today. Can't wait for the Convention. You all better wear your Depends. I'm stocking up on popcorn.

        July 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • jerry

      and the monkey has personality...he is a soap box salesman nothing more...

      July 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  8. mikle

    Where is 5.6% job after $1tr stimu., where is 1/2 debt, where is yes we can, change, hope, where,where. Just bla-bla-bla.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  9. mikle

    America, what you want from community organizer. America got bad experiment. And we going to do it again?

    July 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  10. DM

    Here is the latest hypocrisy: The DNC spokeswoman criticizes Romney for having foreign investments and for not releasing taxes. Ironically, she also has investments in Switzerland and won't release her own tax records!

    July 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  11. jacob

    You think taxing more those with over $250,000 a year is going to be the end? Middle class? Just wait if he gets another term, it's going to be "fair" to tax those with $100,000 or more. He can pander all he wants, he is only concerned about his rich friends, labor unions, and those he can dupe with promises of free stuff. Yes, I mean those that don't want to work and only want hand outs.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  12. California

    FACT: Hussein Obama raised middle class taxes.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:32 am |