President on the shop floor of a conveyor belt plant in Cedar Rapids.
It was his first chance to fight back in Iowa since being bashed for months by GOP presidential hopefuls campaigning for the Iowa Caucus. Iowa will be a critical state for both Democrats and Republicans in the 2012 election.
The speech was the president's first stop on a five-state tour following on Tuesday night. President Obama spoke for about 30 minutes.
Roughly 400 people attended. Prior to his arrival, the crowd sat still and silent, sandwiched between two fences, separating them from the media in the back and the presidential area in the front.
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