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President Obama to Visit Scranton High School

By Ali Carey, Contributing Writer

Scranton High School will welcome Barack Obama on Wednesday.

The President will travel to Scranton – typically associated with VP Joe Biden, who hails from the Electric City –  to continue his public push for Congress to pass elements of his American Jobs Act.

He will specifically emphasize the extension and expansion of the payroll tax cut. It’s a popular item that Obama argues provided tax breaks to millions of families across the country this year.

The event will be open to ticketed members of the public.

It will not be the first Obama visit to Pa. this fall. He visited Pittsburgh in October and Delaware County in November, also to push elements of his jobs bill.

The Wall Street Journal reports that next to Virginia and Florida, Pa. boasts more presidential appearances than any other swing state, at eight (via StateImpact PA’s Scott Detrow).

On the campaign side, the DNC is airing an anti-Mitt Romney television ad in the state this week.  Earlier this month the National Student Summit kicked-off the Obama campaign’s “Greater Together” initiative at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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  1. As I look at the sorry sorry set of Republican “rivals” on the other side, it makes me more thankful than ever…. to have Barack Obama as President of the United States, and as a viable candidate for re-election. Mr. Obama: your heart, your values, and your basic decency are all in the right place. But… your hands are tied. Unfortunately they were tied by us, the electorate…..when we failed to provide you with a Congress that you can work with. Instead, you are saddled with a don’t-tax-the-1%-do-nothing Congress that battles you at every turn, while the people suffer. God, they don’t EVEN let you pass your own appointments. It’s not Tea-publican gridlock – it’s Tea-publican sabotage. Heck, it’s Tea-publican treason.  And then they try to pin the blame on Mr. Obama. These people have no shame…or else its been purchased by those who can afford to do so. Thankfully, with Occupy Wall Street America has found its voice : a voice that reminds us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter. Instead of talking about less government , and more painful cuts, its a voice that demands a government that WORKS, a government that works FOR ALL OF US, not just for a favored few, not just for the rich. Its a voice that comes up from the grassroots, and lifts us up: because it says that this land IS our land…and we WANT IT BACK! And most importantly, it’s a voice that will help us to re-elect the President AND  give him a more progressive Congress to work with. Mr. Obama: I wish you well. You STILL give me hope.

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