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President Barack Obama just launched his two-day “Betting on America” bus tour, which will take him through the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania in an attempt to earn key swing-state votes. A key theme of his first stop in Maumee, Ohio, on Thursday was the revitalized American auto industry, which likely topped a seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales of 14 million in June.
“I refused to let communities like this one go bankrupt. I was betting on the American worker,” Obama said. He added that there were “1 million jobs on the line” when his Republican challenger Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in the New York Times entitled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
“The American auto industry has come roaring back,” Obama said.
Obama also took time to gloat about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of his signature Affordable Care Act legislation.
“The law I passed is here to stay,” Obama said, pausing to let the crowd applaud. “Let me tell you something. it is going to make the vast majority of Americans more secure.”
On the bus tour, Obama will make four stops in Ohio on Thursday and Friday, before moving on to one stop in Pittsburgh, Pa., later on Friday afternoon.
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