[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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