Obama's jobs message to Iowans
September 7th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
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Obama's jobs message to Iowans

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - On the first day of campaigning after his speech to the Democratic National Convention, President Obama attempted to keep the post-convention momentum going with a rally on the campus of the University of Iowa.

He continued to push his economic message of what he calls "two fundamentally different visions" for the middle class.

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"I don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs back to our shores or pay down our deficit," Obama said. "I sure don't think firing teachers or kicking students off of financial aid is somehow going to grow our economy or help us compete with scientists and engineers that are coming out of China."

The president said the new unemployment rate of 8.1% in August was progress but more work needed to be done.

"Today we learned that after losing 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, businesses added jobs for the 30th month in a row. We've added more than 4.6 million jobs," he said.

"But we know that that's not good enough. We can do better. We need to create jobs even faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in."

But the unemployment rate in Iowa is 5.3%, the lowest of any battleground state and well below the national average. According to the Obama campaign, more than 9,000 jobs in Iowa were saved by the auto bailout. The auto industry accounts for less than 4% of the state's work force.

President Obama was joined by his wife, Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden for the day, which also included an earlier stop in New Hampshire. His stop in Iowa City was his 8th trip to Iowa since the beginning of the year, and his third in the last week and a half.

His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, was also in both Iowa and New Hampshire on Friday, and hit Obama over his handling of the economy.

"This president tried, but he didn't understand what it takes to make our economy work," Romney said in Orange City, Iowa. "I do. I will use that experience to get Americans to work again."

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Nothing we can do till we replace all these CONGRESS animals. God bless.

    September 8, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    BUt, Mr. President, the GOP MUST fire teachers, firemen, and police officers now because they've already cut just about as many public sector jobs as they can. And, everyone knows that the only way to keep our country in distress while the private sector creates jobs is if the public sector loses jobs at the same rate. Gotta keep those unemployment numbers up until Nov!!!!

    September 8, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. MaryM

    Ryan/Romney 2012-- Because one Republican Economic Crash per decade is nowhere near enough!

    September 8, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Marry

    Just a minute here Mr. Romney before you go on about criticizing the President – explain to me how Mr. Ryan worked to accomplish anything in Congress for the American people besides to openly sabotage the President?
    Let’s talk about what YOUR plans are – but of cause we know – much less for “those” folks and a lot more for “your” friends.
    What about your tax-returns? It would show very clearly what your goals have been and still are!
    What about you and your “experience” as Gov.? Not talking much about that, are you, after your “success” in Massachusetts?
    You should be ashamed to think of the voter as so stupid to put YOU or more accurately, people like the Koch-Brothers in charge!
    And voters should be ashamed of themselves if they do not vote a strait Dem ticket in November!!!

    September 8, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Desmond, a Canadian


    September 8, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Eagle Eye

    The President said when he was campaigning for President in 2008 that all graduating students would have a job when they graduated. Today all the graduating students don't have a job or under employed. All these student have the President to blame because he promised them there wouild be a job. Again I am going to tell eveyone that "Government does not create jobs it's the private sector that creates jobs" But the President wants everyone to believe that government creates jobs. The President believes that all the has to do is tell the private sector to start hiring and the private sector will do it. Well as everyone can see it didn't work. So the next time the President talks about jobs think to your self if government creates jobs then why don't I have a government job. This is for all the people who have started business and are employing people the President said you didn't make it on your own then whose money was it that started the business the President thinks it was government money. Don't forget government money iis tax payer moneythe government can't run without taxes collected from the "We the People of the United States" So the next time the President talks about jobs either mute him or change the channel, because all he speeches are sounding the same.

    September 8, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. ObjectiveGuy

    The two fundamentally different "visions" of the middle class:

    Under Obama–More record high sustained unemployment, another recession even though we've never actually come out of this one, trillions more in unsustainable debt, more blaming Bush, continuing push toward Socialism and mediocrity.

    Under Romney–Rebounding economy, job growth, reduce the deficit, return to prosperity, return to core American values of freedom, independence, Capitalism, and achievement.

    How difficult is this choice???

    September 8, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. ObjectiveGuy

    President Obama, to take your own quote, albeit a bit out of context: "...we know that that's not good enough. We can do better." Yes, and we plan to in November.

    September 8, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Glenn Doty

    The only states that matter – AT ALL – in this election are the following states, which I'll list with their corresponding unemployment number:

    1. Virginia – 5.9%
    2. Ohio – 7.2%
    3. Florida – 8.8%
    4. Colorado – 8.3%
    5. Nevada – 12.0%
    6. Iowa – 5.3%
    7. New Hampshire – 5.4%
    8. North Carolina – 9.6%

    Other than those states, the outcome is already known. Obama has 247 EV's from the remaining states, and Romney has 191. If just the states with an unemployment rate lower than 6% vote for President Obama, then the President wins. If this is the only attack the Romney camp has then it's hopeless. That's especially true when you note that the President is winning all but one of those states listed above, and he's only behind in North Carolina by about 1%, which was from a poll taken before the convention.

    September 8, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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