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    Obama Promotes Policy Plans in Wisconsin

    President Barack Obama speaks with employees Calvin Anderson, left, and Theodore (Ted) Korber at GE Energy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jan. 30, 2014.
    President Barack Obama speaks with employees Calvin Anderson, left, and Theodore (Ted) Korber at GE Energy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jan. 30, 2014.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama is making stops in Wisconsin and Tennessee to promote policy plans he laid out earlier this week in his State of the Union Address.

    The president began the day visiting a General Electric-owned gas-engine facility near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    He said businesses like General Electric have created millions of new jobs and helped bring the unemployment rate to its lowest in five years.

    He called 2014 a "breakthrough year for America," saying the United States is better positioned to thrive than any other country.

    Later, the president will speak to high school students in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Obama is explaining his ideas for tax code reform, job creation, education opportunities, and innovation funding.

    It is a tradition for presidents to travel after delivering their annual address to Congress, pitching their legislative goals for the year ahead.

    In the Republican response to Obama's speech Tuesday, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state blamed the administration's policies for widening the gap between where people's lives stand now and where they want to be.

    Watch related video report by Zlatica Hoke:

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