In Akron, Obama Fights for Middle Class

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AKRON, Ohio -- President Barack Obama campaigned in Akron on Wednesday where he berated the Republican "top down" economic approach while touting his own plan to strengthen the middle class.

He acknowledged sluggish job growth and rising costs that are taking a toll on the American family.

"Standing in our way is not the lack of good ideas, what’s standing in the way is our politics," President Obama told a crowd at the John S. Knight Center.  "We’ve got a stalemate in Washington, we’ve got republicans in congress that have clung to the view, the uncompromising view, that the only way to move ahead is to go back to the same tired solutions that got us in this mess in the first place.  They’ve got a big theory, I call it top down economics."

President Obama elaborated on that approach, saying it provides tax breaks to the wealthy and gets rid of necessary regulations.

“Ohio, you know better, we’ve tried that.  It did not work," President Obama said.  "America is not built from the top down.  America's built from the middle out.  America’s built from the bottom up.  America’s built by farmers and factory workers and small business, and companies that send products overseas, not jobs overseas.  That’s the country we’re fighting for."

The president outlined changes made in office, such as healthcare reform,  jobs creation, reforms to keep Wall Street in line, and ending the war in Iraq.

He also reinforced his support for veterans, saying, "Because if you fought for this country, you should not have to fight for a job or a roof over your heads when you come home!"

President Obama promised to win the State of Ohio if the voters still believe in him, organize with him, march with him and knock on doors with him.

“I want you to know, Akron, my hair may be grayer, but my determination is stronger than ever!  My faith in the American people, my faith in you is stronger than ever,” he said.

The Akron campaign event comes on the heels of a stop in Mansfield that took place earlier on Wednesday.