(CNN)–President Obama turned his attention to education during his weekly address as he discussed another aspect of how he believes the nation can "win the future." Obama acknowledged that "Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school."
He delivered the address from outside Portland, Oregon, while visiting Intel, a company that he said models how "instead of just being a nation that buys what's made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe.
"Winning this competition depends on the ingenuity and creativity of our private sector…But it's also going to depend on what we do as a nation to make America the best place on earth to do business," the president continued.
Facing the reality that "we've fallen behind in math, science, and graduation rates," Obama offered examples of his administration's efforts to address the gaps.
"Over the past two years, my administration has made education a top priority. We've launched a competition called 'Race to the Top'-a reform that is lifting academic standards and getting results…We're also making college more affordable for millions of students, and revitalizing our community colleges, so that folks can get the training they need for the careers they want."
The president asserted his faith in the country's resources, stating that America will win the future because "we have everything we need to compete: bold entrepreneurs, bright new ideas, and world-class colleges and universities…we have young people just brimming with promise and ready to help us succeed. All we have to do is tap that potential."
While Obama addressed education, the GOP talked budget, a main focus on the Hill during the past week. Shortly after the House passed a government spending bill with over $60 billion in cuts early Saturday morning, the budget was the center of discussion in the Republican address, given by House GOP Policy Committee Chair Tom Price.
"Our focus should be creating jobs and getting our economy moving again," he said, after criticizing "some Democrats" who are "threatening to shut down the government instead of listening to the American people and cutting spending."
Price had choice words for the president, whom he slammed for promising that "this would be the year that he got serious about the deficits and the debt…Instead, he started out by asking Congress to raise the debt limit, without any commitment to cutting spending at the same time."
The Georgia congressman trumpeted a need to "end Washington's spending binge to reduce uncertainty, to boost confidence, and to encourage private investment in our economy."
Price also gave a stern caution about entitlement programs, stating "there's no way that we can protect programs like Social Security for the future and get our debt under control, unless we begin to honestly address entitlements."
And he asserted that "Republicans are focused on listening to the people, confronting our nation's challenges, and helping our economy get back to creating jobs."