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AUSTIN, Texas, May 9 (UPI) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry said through a spokeswoman Texas was “the right place” for President Barack Obama to visit Thursday to tout economic growth.

“If President Obama is serious about getting our nation’s economy working again, then he’s come to the right place,” Lucy Nashed told the National Review as Obama prepared for the first of several planned presidential day trips the White House calls “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours” to remind Americans the economy still tops Obama’s agenda, even as he addresses immigration reform and other issues.

“Texas’ success didn’t happen by accident,” Nashed said. “It’s a result of policies put in place under Governor Perry’s leadership with a laser focus on making Texas a beacon of economic freedom.”

The White House had no comment, but spokesman Jay Carney said earlier Wednesday Texas was one of the “areas across the country where positive steps are being taken toward the kind of economic growth and job creation that the president talked about in the State of the Union.”

Carney cited efforts in Texas and other states to create “the jobs of the future … to ensure that the skills Americans need to take those jobs are provided to Americans who seek those skills and [to affirm] that the jobs themselves provide the kind of wage and earnings that would give Americans the kind of security that a middle-class life is traditionally given in this country.”

Carney said Obama “could have done [the trip] in every state” in the union.

Obama was to tour Manor New Technology High School in Manor, about 15 miles northeast of Austin, at 12:45 p.m. and deliver remarks at the school at 1:05 p.m., the White House said Wednesday.

He was to follow the school visit with a tour of an Applied Materials Inc. plant in Austin at 4 p.m. and deliver remarks at the facility at 4:40 p.m.

Carey said he didn’t “want to overly preview the president’s remarks” but said Obama likely would speak of the need to ensure the jobs created in the United States “are jobs of the future, that Americans have the skills they need to hold those jobs and get those jobs, but also that the jobs pay the kind of living and wage that allows for entrance into and the ability to remain in the middle class.”

To that end, Obama likely will press for expanded early childhood education and to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, Carney indicated. The last time the minimum wage was reset was July 24, 2009.

Manor is a school “where students are learning the real-world skills they need to fill the jobs that are available right now,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Sunday when the trip was announced.

Manor opened in 2007 with the goal of preparing students “to excel in an information-based and technologically advanced society” and “to ensure their success as responsible, globally conscious citizens,” the school’s website says.

Applied Materials, a major supplier of machines used to make semiconductors, is “one of the high-tech companies that has made Austin a hub for innovation and job creation,” the White House said Wednesday.

Applied Materials is based in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara, Calif.

Nashed said if the Obama administration wanted to follow Texas’ lead, it would help the economy grow by cutting taxes and spending, rolling back regulations, passing tort reform and “getting out of the way and allowing employers to risk their capital and create jobs.”

Rick Perry: Texas ‘right place’ for Obama to tout U.S. economic growth – UPI.com.

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