The Presidential Planner - Obama Takes SOTU Message on the Road

President Obama takes his message on the road this morning after Tuesday night's State of the Union, launching a three-day tour across five battleground states.

The president will focus today on U.S. manufacturing, one of the four pillars of his "Blueprint for an America Built to Last," which he outlined in Tuesday night's address.

The president will tour Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, today before delivering remarks. Obama will visit an Intel campus in Phoenix later.

The president plans to touch on each of his pillars in the coming days. He will focus on energy Thursday with stops in Las Vegas and Denver. Obama will highlight skills for American workers in Detroit Friday.

At every stop along the way, the president will push U.S. values, the fourth pillar, which will include a focus on economic fairness. In his State of the Union address, the president called for an America where everyone pays their "fair share," including the wealthy.

In addition to outlining his economic agenda, the president's address Tuesday night clearly set the tone for his upcoming re-election campaign. While the president will spend the next day speaking to voters in critical swing states, the White House says the trip is purely official presidential business.

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