President Obama will spend this afternoon encouraging businesses to bring jobs back to America and this evening raising campaign cash in Chicago.
"I'm calling on those businesses that haven't brought jobs back to take this opportunity to get the American people back to work. That's how we'll rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded - and a nation where those values live on," the president will say at an "Insourcing American Jobs" forum at the White House today, where he will continue to argue that the nation is at a "make-or-break" moment for the middle class.
The president and vice president will meet with executives of companies that are keeping jobs in the United States, including Ford, DuPont and Master Lock, and solicit ideas to encourage other businesses to follow their lead and "insource" American jobs.
In conjunction with today's forum, the White House has released a report detailing "the emerging trend of insourcing" and how companies are choosing to invest in the United States. About 334,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in the United States in the past two years and manufacturing production has increased roughly 5.7 percent, its fastest past in a decade, according to the White House.
The president will head back home to Chicago this evening for three campaign events before returning to Washington late tonight.