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President Obama visits Cedar Rapids


President Barack Obama spent about two hours in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.

The president arrived at the Eastern Iowa Airport around 11 a.m., then traveled by motorcade to Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing where he delivered a short speech.

After his speech in Cedar Rapids, the president will fly on to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Detroit. The trip will take the president through states expected to be heavily contested in the 2012 election.

The trip is being paid for by the White House and these stops are not being considered part of his re-election campaign.

His speech at Conveyor touched on many of the same topics as his State of the Union speech the night before including manufacturing jobs and tax rates.

Gov. Branstad and Mayor Ron Corbett greeted the president at the airport and attended his speech. Congressmen Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack traveled to Iowa with the president on Air Force One.

The Republican National Committee issued the following statement in response to President Obama's stop in Cedar Rapids.

"Iowans need a president focused on their jobs, not a campaigner-in-chief solely focused on his own reelection. Barack Obama should be more focused on getting Iowa's economy back on track and putting the millions of unemployed Americans back to work, instead of constantly campaigning on the Taxpayers' dime."

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