Obama delivers State of the Union message on three day tour
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama hit the road with his State of the Union message: a blueprint for what he calls ‘an economy built to last’.
"It's an economy built on manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products built here in the United States of America," said Obama.
Iowa was the first stop in a five-state, three-day tour. He stressed jobs, energy education, and changing a tax system that gives breaks to billionaires.
"If you make more than a million dollars, you should pay a tax rate of at least 30 percent,” stated the President.
He's giving the GOP Presidential hopefuls a whole new set of talking points.
"The president proposed last night doubling the tax on capital gains, which is the engine which drives job creation in the United States,” said Newt Gingrich.
With the Florida primary six days away, Gingrich and Mitt Romney are polling neck and neck.
"This is a president who talks about deregulation, even as he regulates who talks about lowering taxes, even as he raises them," stated Romney.
The GOP candidates are eager to take on a president they believe has lost his working-class credentials.
"He knows his policies are destroying and making it difficult for those folks to get employment,” said Rick Santorum.
The President and his Republican rivals are fighting for votes in the battleground states.
Even though the President is gearing up for the fall campaign, he's facing some serious fights with Congress.