June 2nd, 2010
12:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama making fifth trip to Pennsylvania

Washington (CNN) - President Obama returned to Pennsylvania Wednesday, his fifth trip to the politically important state since taking office last January.

Obama is scheduled to give an address on the economy and job creation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The White House tells CNN the president's remarks will address "the state of the economy, the future we need to seize, and the path we choose to get there." The president is also expected to make comments on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama first visited Pennsylvania as president on September 15, 2009, speaking about the economy and health care reform at the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh. Following his address, the president attended a fundraiser for Sen. Arlen Specter, who was running for a sixth term as a Democrat after leaving the GOP last April. Specter, who traveled with Obama on Air Force One on Wednesday's trip, lost the Democratic primary last month to Rep. Joe Sestak, despite support from the White House.

The president returned to Pittsburgh later in September to discuss the global financial crisis at a meeting of world leaders at a G-20 conference.

Obama came back to Pennsylvania on December 4, to deliver remarks on the economy at Lehigh Carbon Community College. The event kicked off what the administration calls the president's "White House to Main Street" tour, a series of visits by Obama across the country to talk with Americans about how they are coping with the challenging economic times.

The battle for health care reform brough the president back to Pennsylvania on March 8. Obama delivered remarks and took questions at an event at Arcadia University in suburban Philadelphia.

While Obama lost the Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in April of 2008, he won the state and its 21 electoral votes by 11 percent over Republican Sen. John McCain in general election.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in early May indicates that 46 percent of Pennsylvania voters approve of the job Obama's doing as president, wtih 48 percent opposed.

In case you are counting, Pennsylvania doesn't top the list of frequent stops by the president. He's visited New York and Ohio more often.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. mark

    It would be nice if he stopped campaigning and actually tried leading for a change.

    June 2, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. mother and sister of a soldier

    Goode grief, he's coming to court the unions....please stay home and take an economics course!

    June 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Jonsie

    Can he give up campaigning for a while and concentrate on the Gulf Coast Disaster? I don't think so. His ego is beyond belief.

    June 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Capt. Snarky

    Keeps plying his wares in the east and midwest don't he? Never see him in the "flyover" states, though – wonder why that is?

    Can you say "Pandering".......What a SnakeOil Salesman........

    June 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. nancy

    We here in Pa. would prefer him to stay away. As you can see by the poll taken more are opposed to him then approve of him.
    We have enough of our own problems without him adding to the expanding list. Which includes our own problem with illegals.
    Its not talked about much but I live in the suburbs of phila. in a middle class area, the local businesses here hire illegals all the time, they are now taking away jobs from the people who belong here legally.
    What will he do about that, nothing, neither will Rendell, Casey or anyone else for that matter. So, stay home Obozo. Pa doesnt want you or you politics here.

    June 2, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. WrongKindofChange

    Who has time for an oil spill when there is campaigning to do.

    June 2, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. leaning right....

    he's been to penn more times than louisiana lol, this guy is disgusting I will forever apologize for my vote! I am so sorry I voted for this chump! 2014 can't come quick enough, you are delusionsal if you think this guy will get re elected!

    June 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. miken

    Yes it seems obama is everywhere these days... except the gulf.

    June 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. JIM El Paso Tx

    Figures Obama wouldn't be down in Lousiana talking jobs and economy after he let theirs on the Gulf go to hell in a handbasket as the saying goes by his NOT DOING ANYTHING in the weeks prior to BP's oil mess hitting the coast! Politicians all SUCK!!!

    June 2, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Mike

    And all the demorat politicans run for the hills except for the low level mayor. The demorats do not want to be associated with nobamby so they disappear or have other obligations just to stay away from him. It is getting worse than when Republicans hid from President Bush who at least had the respect of the military.

    June 2, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    A great service to the country would be for Obama to resign from the presidency and take up campaigning full time. That is what he does best (and most often).

    Both Obama and the country would be better off for it.

    June 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    Barack Obama should be up on charges related to election fixing.

    It is ILLEGAL to NOT give Americans their right to vote. By FORCING a candidate on the American people they are RIgging and Controlling elections.

    You people need to wake up. YOU should VOTE for who YOU want, NOT for who the President wants....or his cronies.

    It is completely illegal..... You can support or not support a candidate but you can NOT FORCE or ENTICE a candidate out for YOUR own wants. ILLEGAL.. IMPEACH BARACK....

    This is ALL part of CHICAGO politics and the political machine they support. Very Wrong.

    June 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Senator

    The best trip you could make would be back down to the Gulf, GO SOUTH YOUNG MAN! What the President doesnt understand is this: If he is going to run for another term he needs to in some way reach out the the Black community, unless he is going to try and win without them. Black American's (i'm one so this is not a racist remark) most of the time are only interested in saying We Did IT, only interested in making history so unless he gives a reason for us to come out and vote again, he'll get 3/4 of what he got last time: If Romey would just talk about what he will do as president and not what Obama isnt doing he could win. Scott Brown (senator) could walk in with the right message and right people. Obama needs to get this Oil Spill behind him

    June 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. All the news that is fit to omit

    Can somebody ask the gutless fraud of a coward why it took them over three months to respond to the SEstak bribe?

    So Barry Sotero, we are to believe that a President was needed to ask a Congressmen to step away from a race with the offer of a non-paying JOB that he actually wasn't ELIGIBLE FOR?

    It took you losers this long to come up with this lie?

    My bad, you have the LSM like CNN on your side still, nothing to report here.....

    Gibbs asked again yesterday WHAT WAS THE JOB and he referred to the Friday memo that HAD NO MENTION of the JOB, nope, no story here...............

    Sotero, see you in 2012

    June 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. jeff jackson, alabama

    Hey lefties, can you count ? Five trips
    to Pa. and ONE trip to the gulf for TWO
    HOURS. You all must be mighty proud.

    June 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. BH

    Campaigner-in-Chief rides again.... God forbid he actually stop campaigning and GOVERN.

    June 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. gt

    the longer obama stays in office the more he looks like a deer in the head lights .... he dont have a clue to get things done,, all he does is blame some one else,,,,ugh

    June 2, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. independent

    While the party has a political interest in PA, the President would be better off having made five trips to LA/MS/FL re the oil spill.

    Move the summer white house to the gulf. Make it the base of operations for the next 6 months.

    Not only decide things, not only do things, been seen doing and deciding from the coast line.

    June 2, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Enough

    Geez will this man ever quit campaigning? Didn't realize we elected a campaigner in chief..............2012 can't get here fast enough.

    June 2, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |