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President Obama visits Cedar Rapids


The race for the White House once again centered on eastern Iowa with the president's return.

The President is back in Iowa for the fourth time this year and the latest NBC Marist poll has the race to the White House deadlocked.

November must be approaching.

"It's campaign season. Here in Iowa, it's always campaign season," President Obama said.

In front of a packed gym of supporters on the campus of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids Obama looked to spark the same energy that propelled him into the White House in 2008.  

"This is a state that gave me a chance when no one else would," said Obama.

The president emphasized the need for building an economy from the middle class out, Mr. Obama called for Congress to act and extend Bush-era tax cuts for households making $250,000 or less and to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans expire.

"Doesn't it make sense to keep taxes low for 98 percent of Americans who are working hard and can't afford a tax hike right now," said Obama.

Among those the tax extension would benefit is the McLaughlin family of Cedar Rapids.

The middle class family is expecting their second child, they say the tax cut expiring would create a significant burden on them.

"All that money is going to go to daycare and work, let alone all the other things we want to do," Jason McLaughlin said.

Then there's Lisa Loepp, a single mother of three who is hopeful for another Obama term in the White House to help turn the economy around.

"I think he's done a great job. A lot of people say it's his fault that we're in the situation we're in. Well I'm sorry he was left with a mess," said Loepp.


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