Obama takes his innovation tour to Penn State

President Barack Obama is calling for Americans to focus on making smarter and more innovative products than anyone else or risk falling behind.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 3, 2011; 9:18 AM

The White House innovation tour will continue on to Pennsylvania on Thursday, as President Obama will tout his new energy and job creation goals in a speech at Penn State.

On the campus in State College, the president is scheduled to tour labs that research how to make buildings more energy efficient. He will then speak to a larger group in a campus auditorium.

Since the November election, along with a trip to Upstate New York, Obama has visited several key swing states: Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin and now Pennsylvania. Obama won all four states in 2008, but all elected a Republican senator last year.

Along with his political goals, Obama's speeches on the road are designed to highlight ideas that his administration will include in its proposal for the federal budget, which the White House will release Feb. 14.

The president was scheduled to visit Pennsylvania on Wednesday but delayed for a day because of snowfall there.

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