U.S. President Obama heads to Republican heartland, delivering remarks at Boise State University where he reprises the themes of his defiant State of the Union speech. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A day after delivering a defiant State of the Union speech to the Republican-led U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama headed to the conservative heartland on Wednesday (January 21) to promote his plans for bolstering the middle class. Obama is on a two-day trip to Idaho and Kansas where he will be pushing his message that the U.S. economy has recovered from years in the doldrums and that everyone should stand to gain from that. "Here's what middle class economics requires in this new economy," Obama said at Boise State University in Idaho. "Number one, it means helping working families feel more secure in a constantly changing economy. It means helping folks afford childcare and college and paid leave at work and healthcare and retirement. I'm sending Congress a plan that's going to help families with all of these issues. Lowering the taxes of working families, putting thousands of dollars back into your pockets each year," Obama said to the crowd of mostly students. Both Idaho and Kansas are "red" or Republican-leaning states, which White House officials took into account in an effort to show Obama's policies can appeal to a bipartisan audience. His vision in Tuesday night's State of the Union speech of a stronger and more expensive safety net stands little chance of becoming law this year, but it could shape the debate for the 2016 presidential election.