[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/01/art.obamamaine.gi.jpg caption="President Obama makes his first trip to Maine in over two years Thursday, to tout the insurance reforms in the new health care law."]Washington (CNN) - President Obama makes his first trip to Maine in over two years Thursday, to tout the insurance reforms in the new health care law.
The president is expected to speak at the Portland Expo Center Thursday afternoon.
"The president will be in Maine where he'll be talking about some of the benefits that small businesses will get in the short term and the long term as it relates to health care," White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said Wednesday.
CNN's Dan Lothian reports that Obama will be joined by Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, and that the president and members of his cabinet will continue to hit the road in the weeks and months ahead to continue to tout the benefits of the new health care law.
Thursday's visit is Obama's first trip to Maine since February 2008, when he was running for the White House and went to the state to campaign for delegates in the Maine caucuses. Obama ended up winning that contest and also captured Maine by 18 points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.
After his speech in Maine, Obama heads to Boston to attend two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee.
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