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president barack obama in pittsburgh President Barack Obama points to the crowd as he arrives at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on Friday, July 6, 2012. (Photo: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Election 2012: President Obama Campaigns in Pittsburgh

Lays out second-term plan to grow the economy

By Matthew Moore | null null , null

On Friday, President Barack Obama made a campaign stop at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to make his pitch for a second term. It was the final stop on a two-day Betting on America bus tour that included stops in Ohio.

The President began his speech by highlighting how the economy has begun recovering during his time in office. Manufacturing jobs are returning to the United States, workers are being retrained for the jobs of the future, and small businesses are starting to hire again.

"Over 4.4 million jobs created over the last two and a half years, over 500,000 manufacturing jobs," the President said.

While this is a good start, there's a lot more work to be done, Obama continued. Unemployment is still too high and too many homeowners are struggling with their mortgages.

This election is about the shape and direction of the country's economic future, the President said.

He told the crowd what the Republican plan for recovery includes tax cuts for the rich, spending cuts for vital programs, and deregulating the financial industry.

His plan would see investment in education, tax breaks for employers who keep jobs in the U.S., energy independence, and innovation. He also proposed building a high-speed rail system and better broadband communication networks.

Obama said it's not a "silver bullet" that will change things right away. But it would put the country on the path to lasting recovery.

"The reason we built the Hoover Dam or the Golden Gate Bridge, the reason we sent a man to the moon, or invested in the research that resulted in the Internet...[wasn't] for any individual to become rich," the President said. "We understand there are some things we do better together. I continue to believe that. I think most Americans understand that. That's the reason I'm running for a second term as President of the United States."

More than six thousand people braved sweltering heat and record-breaking temperatures to hear the President speak. College students made their way through the crowd, giving people a refreshing spray of water. But for some it wasn't enough. Before the President spoke, 13 people were taken out on stretchers due to heat exhaustion.

Despite the heat, the crowd was energized for the President's speech and his reelection campaign.

"He's taken us and created jobs. When former President Bush was in office, we lost millions of jobs. Obama has gotten us back on track!" said Adam Sedlock, a Democratic nominee for congress.

Romney Supporters In Pittsburgh, Too

Not everyone in Pittsburgh supported the President on Friday.

Earlier in the day, down the street from Carnegie Mellon, supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also addressed voters.

Before the President's event, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spoke at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, just down the street from Carnegie Mellon. They were on their own tour, called the Middle Class Promise Gap Bus Tour.

"We should all bet on America," Pawlenty said. "But we should not double down on Barack Obama. His presidency is a losing hand for America."

"We simply cannot afford another four more years of President Obama," Governor Jindal added.

Both Pawlenty and Jindal are considered likely candidates for Romney's running mate in the November general election.


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