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Obama speaks in Albany, focuses on Congress' "to do list"


ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has praised President Barack Obama's leadership as the two men toured the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany Tuesday, created out of a partnership with private enterprise and bipartisanship.

Cuomo made jobs and the economy part of his "new Democrat" movement in his 2010 campaign. Speaking during a tour of a nano-technology facility Tuesday, Cuomo said Obama has bought the nation "through the storm."

"Mister President, I can promise you this, because of your leadership this state is not going backwards. Mister President, this state is going forwards," Cuomo stated.

Also speaking before Obama took the stage was CNSE's Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Alain E. Kaloyeros, GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha, followed by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

When Obama took the stage, he and Cuomo embraced and the president returned the praise his own speech, saying Cuomo has done "outstanding work."

Obama also touts the area, saying: "Here in the tri-city area you've got companies like IBM and GlobalFoundries that could have decided to pack up and move elsewhere but they choose to stay in upstate New York because it made sense to build here and to hire here. You had more to offer," he said during his speech. "You've got some of the best workers in the world, an outstanding university. Now I want what happens in Albany to happen all across the country."

Obama contrasts himself with congressional Republicans by saying they have blocked his job creation plans. He says now is not the time for inaction. 

Obama drew attention to proposals he has been pushing before Congress since last September. His appeal comes as millions of Americans remain out of work and as thousands have given up looking for work.

He prepared a "to do list" for Congress that calls for extending low student loan rates, passing tax credits for small businesses, and eliminating tax breaks for certain corporations that move jobs overseas. It also calls for adoption of a program that helps veterans find work, and measures to make it easier for homeowners to refinance.

"Congress hasn't renewed some of the tax breaks that are important to this community, and since I know the other side in Congress had promised to never raise taxes in their lifetimes," Obama said. "This is a good time to keep that promise when it comes to keeping American's work and break our dependance on foreign oil."

Air Force One touched down in Albany at approximately 11:50 a.m. to Albany Airport. Congressman Paul Tonko was traveling with President Obama. He is scheduled to depart the airport at 2:30 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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