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      Obama campaigns in Oskaloosa

      President Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Oskaloosa.
      President Obama spoke to a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally in Oskaloosa Tuesday morning.

      Among other things, the president highlighted taxes, job creation and the importance of wind energy, and compared his policies to Governor Mitt Romney's on each of the issues.

      The president began his 30-minute speech by telling the crowd that "the job is not done". He said the economy, job creation and a reduction in deficit have come a long way in the last three and a half years, but there is still far to go.

      "Our goal was to make sure that we built an economy that lasts," Obama said. "We built an economy where the middle class folks and folks aspiring to the middle class can succeed. That has been our goal, that's what we're still fighting for. We are not yet done and that's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States of America. because we've got more work to do."

      Obama said he has stuck to the promises he made during the last campaign and election in regards to taxes, and ran through Romney's plan on the issue.

      "Governor Romney's plan would actually raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of $2,000 to pay for this big tax break that's going mostly to the wealthiest folks," he said. "They have tried to sell this kind of trickle-down fairy dust before. And frankly, they've tried it as recently as 2001, 2002, 2003 and what did we get? The most sluggish job growth in generations, incomes and wages going down, jobs going overseas and a huge economic crisis. And by the way, the deficit kept going up and so by the time I walked into office, we had a trillion dollars deficit. Why would we want to try that again? I don't know about you, but my general rule is, if I do something and it doesn't work, then I do it again and it doesn't work again, I stop doing it. I try something else."

      Obama also delivered a message that spoke directly to the people of Iowa. He quoted Romney and his newly-appointed running mate Congressman Paul Ryan, who respectively called wind technology "imaginary" and "a fad". But right here in Iowa, that technology is a reality, and it has made it possible to create renewable energy resources.

      "So Governor Romney may have figured out that you can't drive a car with a windmill on it, but he doesn't seem to know that America now has enough wind turbines installed to generate enough electricity from wind to power nearly 13 million homes with clean energy," Obama said. "That's how we leave something better for the next generation. That's worth fighting for. That's what's at stake right now."

      Congressman Dave Loebsack was there to meet with constituents of the area that is now included in his district. He said that any time the president makes a stop in Iowa, it's a big deal for the people of the state.

      "With the campaign what it is, I think it's really critical that the president be here, I'm really glad he's here," Loebsack said. "It's going to be a competitive race in Iowa."

      Loebsack also said he is grateful President Obama supports his stance on the Farm Bill, which the congressman said should have never left Congress without a resolution.

      "It's a breach of faith on the part of Congress," he said. "Especially on Republican leadership."

      And of course, the Democrats were not alone in Oskaloosa, the Republicans took a bus to each stop on Obama's campaign tour Tuesday, spreading their campaign message to voters.

      With news of Romney's running mate still hot off the press, area Republicans say their campaign is gaining momentum.

      "We've got quite a few Mitt Romney supporters on the bus, and we're going to be making a lot of phone calls today, we're very, very excited," said John Archer, Loebsack's challenger in November's elections. "The President is in the state of Iowa, so this is a way we can get our message out to as many voters as possible that we have the right message. Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan are working very, very hard to put American back on sound fiscal footing."

      President Obama won 54% of the vote in Iowa last election, but recent polls have been predicting a tight race come November.