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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Obama tells Green Bay crowd 'we've got more work to do'


ASHWAUBENON -- President Barack Obama asked supporters here Thursday to help him win a second term, saying “we’ve got more work to do” to strengthen the United States.

"We've come too far to turn back now," Obama told a crowd of supporters on the tarmac of Austin Straubel International Airport.

The president was in the Green Bay area after cancelling a planned rally earlier this week to oversee the federal response to Hurricane Sandy. Obama referenced his tour of storm damage in New Jersey yesterday, saying that "when disaster strikes, we see America at its best."

"There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm," Obama said, saying that spirit "carried us through the trials of the last four years."

He touted the economic and military progress made during his first term, but told the crowd he always knew repairing the damage of the recession would take more than one year or one term.

"The middle class was getting hammered long before the financial crisis hit," Obama said.

And while he said the "fundamental challenges" of the 21st century are real, Obama said, "We have everything we need to thrive in this new economy."

The president also derided GOP opponent Mitt Romney for offering old policies as change.

“He’s saying he’s the candidate of change,” Obama said. “Well, Wisconsin, we know what change looks like, and what the governor is offering sure ain’t change.”

And he said that while his supporters "may be frustrated at the pace of change ... you know what I believe."

Obama said he would never sacrifice programs Americans depend on to provide tax breaks to millionaires, charging that wouldn't be bipartisanship, but "surrender to the same status quo."

He said the country has a future in manufacturing and clean energy, and that Americans could be put to work "right now" building roads and bridges, expanding broadband telecommunications and improving schools.

"Let's put Americans back to work doing the work that needs to be done," Obama said.

Obama also said he's shown that he's willing to work with anyone to move the country forward, but that the fights he's had with Republicans over issues such as health care, financial reform and student loans were "worth having."

"We don't need a partisan agenda," Obama said. "We need a common sense agenda."

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and Dem Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin addressed the crowd before the arrival of Air Force One.

Baldwin told the crowd Tuesday's election is about "whether Wisconsin will have a senator and a president that will be a voice for the people or ... a voice for the very powerful."

She also took a couple of shots at GOP opponent Tommy Thompson, saying her campaign was forged around Wisconsin kitchen tables and not "corporate boardrooms and lobbying shops."

Kohl told the crowd he believes in Baldwin so strongly that he's donating his "nobody's senator but yours" slogan to the Madison Dem.

"I'm giving that to Tammy Baldwin," Kohl said. "She owns it now."

Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson also addressed the crowd, lauding the government's response to the hurricane this week and pledging to donate $100,000 to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts on the East Coast.

"Next week, let's vote for the one candidate that has everyone's best interest at heart," Woodson said.

-- By Andy Szal


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