Obama highlighting manufacturing gains in the US as part of economic focus

IndustrialsAssociated Press

President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

Obama visits a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part of a new fall political campaign push to promote his pocketbook policies and to claim credit for the upturn in the economy.

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The visit falls on the third annual observance of National Manufacturing Day. It comes a day after Obama delivered a stout defense of his economic stewardship and called the November elections a referendum on his economic proposals.

It also comes on the same day that the government will announce new unemployment figures for the month of September.