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Obama vows to help families at Wisconsin stop

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WAOW) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that he will move ahead to make lives better for families “with or without Congress.”

Obama continued his State of the Union tour with a stop at General Electric, a gas engines plant, in Waukesha.

Air Force One landed at Mitchell International Airport around 10 a.m.

Focusing on themes from his State of the Union address earlier this week, Obama talked about training workers for in-demand jobs, something for which he said the GE plant has had success with its regional training program.

Obama earlier toured the gas engines plant, took off his suit coat and put on safety glasses as he was briefed by two GE workers on an engine part.

The visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in two years. A poll released this week said his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent, down from 49 percent in October.

Obama said “all the ingredients” are in place to make sure America thrives but wages for most workers have been stagnant for a decade. Too many workers are working too hard just to make it by, the president said.

This is second day of the president's tour. He's also scheduled to speak in Tennessee Thursday afternoon. 


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