February 9th, 2009
09:52 AM ET
13 years ago

President Obama no stranger to Elkhart

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/09/art.boelkhart0209.gi.jpg caption="Then-Sen. Obama spoke with Sam and Dannielle Ericson while canvassing for votes in Elkhart, Indiana last May. Obama will return to the town as president on Monday."]
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's no stranger to Elkhart, Indiana, where he's holding a town hall meeting today to promote his plan to stimulate the economy.

Obama made a short stop in the northern Indiana city in early May, when he was battling Hillary Clinton for his party's presidential nomination. Clinton narrowly edged Obama in the primary, but she ended up dropping out of the race for the White House a month later.

Obama returned to Elkhart and held a rally in the northern Indiana city in early August, when he was fighting Republican Sen. John McCain for the presidency. Obama edged out McCain by 1 percentage point in the general election, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1964.

Elkhart's unemployment rate topped 15 percent in December, about triple what it was a year ago. The city's jobless rate is about double the national average - a number of the nation's top recreational vehicle makers are located in Elkhart, and hundreds of workers at those plants have lost their jobs.

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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    Thank you Mr. President for allowing regular folks to hear and ask questions first hand with out the MSM and Repug spin!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. anon

    How about going to Alaska to help them out before going to places that really aren't doing as bad off. http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/09/rural.alaska.villages/index.html

    February 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Rae

    How many people saying this won't work are economists? How many have checked to see what actual economists think of it? Not a politician, not someone from a think tank with an agenda, but actual economists? We need this and much more.

    All those unemployed are actual people who need to eat, pay bills, and survive. It is not some stupid political game.

    The huge debt is a result of a war of choice. Save your anger for those responsible for that.

    Deb February 9th, 2009 10:12 am ET

    We seen the same behavior out of the repubs when Clinton was President.

    They only care about themselves. All they want is power.

    February 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Lyle

    President Obama has failed as a leader on this issue. Wasting taxpayer money and attempting to convince the American people that it is in their best interest, will not work. This deficit-increasing “stimulus” plan contains little stimulus and is designed only to fulfill an expensive and long-held Democratic wish list of spending. President Obama is blatantly misrepresenting this plan.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. walleye

    Rebublicans say we should not move forward with Obama's stimulus plan, but offer no suggestions that would help our economy. Since their last eight years have put us in this mess, they have absolutely NO CREDIBILITY on this (or any other subject) as far as I am concerned.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Randy

    It is so clear that no one of you has any back ground in finance or Economics. We are getting ready to spend more in a day than we have in both wars combined. To the losers expecting the goverment to save you, they want. Save yourself get a better job, training or education. Dont sit there and turn a screw for 20 years and not once better yourself then be suprised when you get fired. You are not owed a job. Natural selection democrates and union clowns.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Kitchen Police

    Frank, Frank, Frank, Get off the impeachment craze and help solve the problems our nation is facing.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. MBuvia Greenwood,IN

    On CNN I always see Republican leaders speak out against stimulus-Why don't I see any stories about Democratic leaders speaking in support of the stimulus??????????????

    February 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I support the President and realize we must do something although I do believe by building off a cash foundation IE savings deposits is a better long term solution.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. yuri

    I was watching the MTP from NBC on Sunday (Feb-8 "09) hosted by David Gregory from MSNBC. The unsmiling, downcast-looking, and stubborn senator from Indiana, Mike Pence, essentially ,was mouthing his stupid opinion that present stimulus plan will not work. The GOP dullards are singing the same chorus that the Dems plan will not stimulate the economy, but will stimulate the Govt., as also intoned by the magnificently idiotic Mitt Romney. I am not a devout Dem, but these guys remarks offer very little constructive ideas. Past 8 years were the truely disastrous years, and , as, Larry Sommers pointed out, the GOPs seem to have lost their ability to lecture. Instead, the GOP should shed their obstinacy and at least provide their perspective rather an outright and flat out criticism.

    February 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Is it just me or, once again, does it sound like many of the naysayers on this board are the same person with different screen names?

    February 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Lynn

    The Republicans are trying to "revitalize" themselves at the expense of the American people.and the country. How convenient that the Republicans and the press ( who are giving republicans aurtime of over 4 to 1)forget that this mess was created by them with an unnecessary war, banks and Wall Street greed and corruption going unchecked and giving huge tax cuts to the rich.

    Instead of spending the money that they squandered in Iraq and the rich on American infrastructure, education and new technology they sat there and watched their donors grow rich and their VP's company rip off the taxpayers again and again!!

    Anyone who doesn't believe the Republicans' outrage isn't based sheerly on politics and the 2010 ekections needs to give their heads a shake!!

    February 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. BB

    He should send the bill for all this to Bush/Cheney(Haliburton) and the Republicans who spent us into this mess.

    February 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Sarty

    If he doesn't do any thing, then people will suffer. He is simply telling people why he need to spend that much money. America is a big countrpy with 50 states and most states are broke. America-you need to be supportive of your President.

    February 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. LM

    I can't get over your people who do nothing but bash our new President!

    Where were you when the previous administration sat around and DID NOTHING!! Why weren't you on the blogs then, begging for them to do something???

    At last, we finally have a president who CARES ABOUT HIS PEOPLE and all you do is criticize him, just because you are jealous that your president and your party did not know what to do over the last eight years!

    Well, now it's the other party's turn, and they are not sitting still. They are moving as fast as they can to get this country out of the terrible mess that they have inherited.

    The founding fathers set up a two party system so that if one party got too aggressive in one area (the war) while not doing anything in other areas (like the infastructure, the economy, health care, etc, etc.,) the PEOPLE would have the right to vote them OUT. Well, they did, and your're out. Now, why can't you try to cooperate and get this country back on it's feet so you, too, can have a decent living? Are you so
    brain-washed by your party that you REALLY WANT THIS COUNTRY TO FAIL?? It certainly looks that way to the whole world.

    Americans are smarter than that! Give President Obama a chance, and please. please, try to be cooperative with what he asks you to do to revive this country. Remember–GOD IS WATCHING ALL OF US!!

    February 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. southerncousin

    He hasn't got the republicans, so he is back to huckstering the uninformed. He doesn't need the republicans, just looking for political cover since he knows this is a real clunker. Get smart people, he is just a hustling, crooked Chicago politician.

    February 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Lisa in NC

    Good comment Maggie

    February 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    A good preparation for 2012!

    February 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Jane/Atlanta



    February 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Aviate

    New Gallup poll out today shows 67% of Americans support President Obama's handling of the stimulus bill, while only 31% support the GOP's efforts. A few observations:

    1.) Most of those 31% seem to be here spewing their irrational bile at our president's efforts to fix the colossal mess the GOP left the country in.

    2.) 31% of the country, including most congressional Republicans, think that if you're in a car headed for a cliff, the best thing to do is step on the gas. Under no circumstances should you change directions.

    3.) All those here who complain about Obama's spending plans–what about the GOP's desire to give billions more to the wealthy in tax cuts. Won't that blow a hole in the budget as well? And leave us nothing in the way of better roads, schools, health care, etc to show for it? But I guess the millionaire CEOs who think they still deserve bonuses do need help in these tough times.

    4.) Surprisingly no mention of this poll by CNN. What a surprise? Guess it doesn't fit with their "the Republicans are winning" story line.

    February 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. cut mortgages down to real value NOW, obama!

    NO tax dollars to wall street and corporate thieves!

    we the people on main street are NOT

    as stupid as you and your thieves think we are!

    February 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. AnnMM

    You Republicans are anti-American. I never wanted to Bush to fail, I knew he would but I prayed I was wrong. President OBAMA is doing a good job and you keep praying he'll fail and destroy the country. With citizens like you, who needs terrorists.

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Bridgette-PA

    To the hating Republicans – I didn't see you bashing the last President of 8 years for spending how much a month in IRAQ? Oh no, none of you wanted to talk about that. Since you didn't then, DON'T NOW! Get lost, you are all losers!

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Eyes of Texas are Upon You

    And just why is he jaunting around the country, wasting his time and our gas, etc., trying to sell something to the American public that the American public cannot even cast a vote for? How stupid is this man? If the package is such a great deal, it would NOT have to be sold to anyone!

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. Matthew, Detroit

    It is good thing he knows how to campaign because he does not know how to run a country. That is okay. Congress will take care of it.

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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