CLEVELAND- President Barack Obama put emphasis on middle-class economics during his visit to Cleveland on Wednesday.
The President flew to Cleveland with Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Rep. Marcia Fudge. Air Force One landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 12:59 p.m.
Before the President's speech, he visited MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network at Cleveland State University, where he checked out bourbon being bottled.
"I’m not sampling any before the speech. But I may take a bottle home with me as a taste test," Obama said, according to press pool reports.
The President addressed the City Club of Cleveland just before 3 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation. Only City Club members could reserve tickets.
Once with the City Club, the President talked about job growth, unemployment, increases in middle-class wages and the Affordable Care Act. He said those achievements are because of the American public.
“I’m going to take a little credit,” Obama said to applause. “It’s also the result of decisions made by my administration.”
The President criticized the Republican budget proposal, which he says increases tax cuts to the wealthy, and would not preserve cuts to middle-class families and students.
"Everyone does better when the middle class does better," the President told the City Club.
In City Club tradition, President Obama answered questions from the audience on topics like community college and legal aid.
Given the time of his address, Cleveland police said drivers should expect rush-hour delays. There is also a home Cavs game Wednesday night.
Statement from the RNC:
If President Obama was serious about helping the middle class achieve their American Dream he would have submitted a serious budget that would streamline the tax code, balance the budget, and repeal and replace ObamaCare. Republicans have a forward looking budget that fosters growth for the middle class, sadly the same cannot be said for the President who continues to hold campaign style speeches instead of governing. Ohio has seen the negative impact of Obama-style policies when Ted Strickland was governor. Neither the middle class in Ohio nor America can afford to suffer through more of the same failed policies.—RNC spokesman, Raffi Williams