“This has to be our North Star: an economy that’s built, not from the top down, but from a growing middle class that provides ladders of opportunity for folks who aren’t yet in the middle class.”
President Obama spoke at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland today, detailing his plan for the economy—and how it differs from the policies proposed by Mitt Romney. The President outlined the importance of better education, cleaner energy, leading through innovation, job-creating infrastructure improvements, and fair tax reform.
“This election is about our economic future. Yes, foreign policy matters. Social issues matter. But more than anything else, this election presents a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to create strong, sustained growth; how to pay down our long-term debt; and most of all, how to generate good, middle-class jobs—so people can have confidence that if they work hard, they can get ahead.”
The President was frank about the challenges we’ve faced since he took office, and he acknowledged the long road to recovery that still lies ahead.
“Of course the economy isn’t where it needs to be. Of course we have a lot more work to do. Everybody knows that. The debate in this election is about how we grow faster, and how we create more jobs, and how we pay down our debt. That’s the question facing the American voter.”
Bill, one Ohioan in attendance, appreciated the President’s candor about the present and the future, saying, “He’s not only a dreamer, he’s a planner and a visionary.” As for his favorite part of the speech, Bill said, “I liked when he said he didn’t care what party they belonged to, as long as they supported the plan of the people and making the people move forward.”
Take it from the President himself:
“I will work with anyone of any party who believes that we’re in this together—who believes that we rise or fall as one nation and as one people. Because I’m convinced that there are actually a lot of Republicans out there who may not agree with every one of my policies, but who still believe in a balanced, responsible approach to economic growth, and who remember the lessons of our history, and who don’t like the direction their leaders are taking them.”
Dominic is a volunteer from Parma, Ohio who’s currently a summer fellow with the campaign. At the speech, he helped make sure everyone made their way inside the venue and had a chance to fill out a volunteer card. When it was over, he said the speech made a positive impression on him: “I was expecting exactly this,” he said after the President finished speaking. “A leader stepping up to the podium giving a speech only a leader gives. It was purely amazing.”
President Obama finished by telling American voters that the nation’s future is literally in their hands.
“This November is your chance to render a verdict on the debate over how to grow the economy, how to create good jobs, how to pay down our deficit. Your vote will finally determine the path that we take as a nation—not just tomorrow, but for years to come. When you strip everything else away, that’s really what this election is about. That’s what is at stake right now.”
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