Obama’s Elkhart, Indiana, Go to: eight Issues You Ought to Know
Prior to President Obama’s visit to Elkhart today, White House Speaker Josh Earnest answered questions from the news media about the purpose of the trip. Here is a summary of his responses and other views on Obama’s visit.
Why is Obama going to Elkhart? It was the first city he visited after becoming president in the middle of the Great Recession in 2009, and Elkhart of the government as a symbol of America’s recovery. It also underscores the debate Earnest will have this election year about what policies the nation should pursue.
According to the administration, what are the reasons for the economic turnaround? Earnest said the stimulus package, the expansion of unemployment and health care benefits, and the middle class tax cuts have all contributed to the economic recovery that the private sector has led across the country. … This recovery would not have been possible without the federal government making wise decisions to invest in the middle class and in those aspects of our economy that are critical to our long-term success. “
Why does the government think Obama is not getting more credit for reversing the trend? Earnest said one reason was “the remarkable and almost unanimous obstruction of Republicans for many of President Obama’s proposed solutions.” He also said more needs to be done to improve infrastructure and reduce income inequality.
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What the Republicans are saying is why the economy is improving? Governor Mike Pence said the people of Elkhart had turned around “despite the pressures of higher taxes, mandates and increasing regulations” from Washington. In an opinion piece released today, Pence also credited Indiana’s report on cutting taxes and balancing his budget while maintaining reserves.
How does the Obama administration see the election visit? Earnest said the next president will decide whether to continue the work of the Obama administration and “a pretty straightforward decision has to be made considering the policies advocated by the two parties.”
How do Republicans see the election visit? In addition to Pence’s submission of his own argument for Indiana’s economic gains, Indiana Republican Party leader Jeff Cardwell made a statement connecting Obama with Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and Democratic senatorial candidate Baron Hill was brought. Cardwell said Gregg and Hill supported parts of Obama’s agenda, such as health care expansion, that harmed the economy.
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How does the Obama administration view Carrier Corp.’s decision to move production from Indiana to Mexico? Earnest said a better way to meet long-term globalization trends is through trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which is now taking place before Congress. As part of the deal, Earnest said Mexico needed to meet higher standards for working conditions. This would help level the playing field and improve American companies’ access to customers in other countries, he said.
Does the White House think Democrats could wear Indiana in this year’s presidential election? When Obama won Indiana in 2008, he was the first Democratic presidential candidate in more than four decades. But Obama lost Indiana 10 percentage points in 2012. Earnest focused on the 2008 win, saying that at that point, eight years ago, there wasn’t much optimism that Obama might make it. “So it is not out of the question that the Democrats will win it again,” he said. “There is no denying how the people of Indiana have benefited from the decisions President Obama made.”
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