February 2nd, 2010
10:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama heads to the Granite State

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/02/art.obama.0202gi.jpg caption="President Obama travels to New Hampshire Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to New Hampshire Tuesday, to tout his plans to create new jobs by helping small businesses.

The White House says the president will tour a local business in Manchester, New Hampshire and then hold a town hall meeting at Nashua High School North, where he'll call for $30 billion in loans for small businesses as part of his push to create jobs.

"Jobs will be our number one focus in 2010. And we're going to start where most new jobs do – with small businesses," said Obama in excerpts from comments he'll make at the town hall that were released by the White House.

"That's why today, I'm announcing a proposal to take $30 billion of the money that was repaid by Wall Street banks, and use it to create a new Small Business Lending Fund that will provide capital for community banks on Main Street. These are the small, local banks that work most closely with our small businesses – that provide them their first loan, and watch them grow through good times and bad."

Tuesday's visit will be Obama's second to New Hampshire since taking over as president a year ago. Obama held a town hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in August.
New Hampshire is considered a battleground or swing state in presidential politics.

George W. Bush narrowly won it in 2000, with John Kerry edging Bush out in 2004. Obama won the Granite State by 9 points in the 2008 election. The state is also holding contests for an open senate seat, governor, and both house seats, this November.

Independent voters are an important force in New Hampshire. According to the N.H. secretary of state's office, registered independents make up 41.7 percent of the state's electorate.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Angie in PA

    The Republicans are now going against things that they support WHY? Because President Obama is proposing them so there you have it the Party of NO Even no to their own policies are only trying to destroy the President they dont care about


    They have become pathetically sad


    February 2, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. worriedmom

    JOBS should have been your number 1 priority last year! Now you are out on the campaign trail again with empty promises. Why should anyone believe the rettrick again.
    You need to get ahold of Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Frank, Geithner, Emmanuel, Axelrod and Gibbs and then mahybe someone will start listening and believing!

    February 2, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Jimmy James

    He is still running a campaign 1 year after taking office. No waste there.

    February 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. D.D.

    That is good and I think he needs to visit towns along the Ohio River by WV, Ohio and KY. The closest he came was in Portsmouth, Ohio and he should come tour the schools and speak to the students.

    February 2, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. american patriot

    Dear Mr President

    Can you please invite Bush and Cheney to Vermont.
    There is a Warrant for both of them in that state for war crimes. It was passed by their State Legislature. They are to be arrested if they step one foot on Vermont soil.

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Sam in CA

    Will this guy ever stop campaigning and start taking care of business? Big election in NH in November . . most likely gonna' lose more Democratic seats and another governorship. So now he's suddenly interested in "supporting" small businesses with money repaid by Wall Street Banks. (Sort of a Robinhood story, isn't it?). I hope the voters of New Hampshire will not be fooled by this desperate Hail Mary Pass.

    This is the guy who promised transparency. Gotta; say, he's personally showing lots of transparency with this kind of "Promise 'em Anything, Get Their Votes, Screw 'em Later" type of politics. Obama will do anything and say anything to save his majority in Congress and get reelected. (And by the way, that March trip the Obamas will be taking to Australia, can it! We can't afford it! Stay home and start working for the American people who are desperate for jobs, economic relief, health insurance, etc.)

    February 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. t22

    So much for his comment about the time for campaigning being over!

    February 2, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    Obama once again in campaign mood. Can't he just stay in the White House and do something productive for a change. Why fly all over God's creation and pass his expense onto the taxpayer along with polluting the earth with his carbon footprint.

    February 2, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Aaaaah – on the campaign trail AGAIN!!!

    February 2, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Joanne B

    Never seen a Pres that so wanted to be on TV everyday....and comes up with something to do so. We truly are sick of him.
    Bush was a professional and Obama is a teenager.

    February 2, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. State of Tennessee

    Why would Democrats in NH want "help" from Obowma? His track record of "helping" Democrats get elected is pathetic (along with his track record of helping the American people). Most likely the only ones getting "special" loans will be fellow Chicago mobsters.

    February 2, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Thank you, President Obama for traveling to visit the people who need to hear from you! TOO many LIES are being told by the GOP-haters.

    The Stimulus IS about JOBS, YOU ARE NOT LISTENING GOP!


    February 2, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Fed Up

    Why is he campaigning this early?

    February 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Obama, get out of the way

    Sorry Obama, government can't create REAL jobs (and government employees don't count because in reality they, for the most part, don't produce wealth/product...). A government job gets its money by the TAXING of private companies and workers–they SPEND, not PRODUCE.

    So, sometimes it is better to do nothing and step out of the people's way.

    As a business owner, I can attest that we only hire when we need to, not based on flimsy government incentives. On the other hand, last year we held off hiring (and purchasing)–waiting to see what new government regulations Obama was going to put in place, and how they would affect our company.

    February 2, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Keith in Austin

    Barry the great campaigner and even greater spender!

    I hope China will loan and the US Treasury can print money fast enough!

    Only 2.9 years left for Bozo!

    February 2, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |