Wisconsin voters give their response to Obama’s speech

1. Wide of exterior of Kathie’s Stage Door Pub
2. Various of people watching television broadcast of US President Barack Obama giving State of the Union address
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, Jamie Zastrow, Manitowoc resident:
“He’s making a lot of really good points about a lot of things that will really make an impact on the economy if we can get everybody to work together towards a common goal.”
4. Various of people watching Obama on TV
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vox pop, Ralph Kracht, Manitowoc resident
“I hope he’s got a plan and a strategy to help us become better not only here locally but in the world.”
6. Pan from sign reading (English) “Welcome President Obama” to people watching Obama on TV
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Nickels, Manitowoc Mayor:
“This is the day after the State of the Union address, this is the only place he’s visiting, and Manitowoc’s name is going to be all over the United States and the world tomorrow.”
8. Pan from Nickels to people applauding
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Nickels, Mayor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin:
“And I hope the president focuses on the middle class of mainstream America which is what us mayors and cities have been focused on for so long.”
10. Various of people watching Obama on TV
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Kadow, Manitowoc Alderman:
“I think we’re going to be the example of economic recovery in the United States. I think we are the face of America’s middle class.”
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13. Close-up of factory billowing smoke
14. Mid of construction workers and equipment
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17. Close-up of wind turbine
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19. SOUNDBITE (English) Neal Verfuerth, CEO, Orion Energy Systems:
“I actually had the pleasure of meeting the president and he featured us in a speech in March of ’09 as kind of the new economy, the energy economy, the green jobs, and I think, quite frankly, there is a common vision there for energy independence.”
20. Various interiors of local chocolate shop
21. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, Lynn Paider, Manitowoc resident:
“I am concerned about my grandchildren and my children that we need to get more businesses going.”
22. Various of exterior of factory
On the snowy shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Manitowoc, Wisconsin, President Barack Obama had the eyes and ears of local residents as he verbalised his second State of the Union Address to Americans.
Obama is scheduled to fly into the heartland on Wednesday morning on the “White House to Main Street Tour” where he will visit companies in Manitowoc that are investing in the future of technology and job stimulation.
Wisconsin is likely to be a crucial battleground state in the 2012 election, and Obama’s trip underscores the White House’s increased focus on the president’s re-election campaign.
Few states handed Democrats a bigger defeat in the midterm elections than Wisconsin, and few rebuffed President Obama so completely.
Obama visited frequently during the campaign, including once in the final weeks for a major rally, only to have Republicans carry away a Senate seat, the governorship and both houses of the legislature.
But he is returning on Wednesday after his State of Union address to launch a new message and to start over with a state critical to his future.
Unemployment in Manitowoc, a city of 33,000 about 80 miles (128 kilometres) north of Milwaukee, was 7.7 percent in November, down from 9.1 percent in November 2009.
Obama plans to tour Orion Energy Systems, a renewable energy technology company, in Manitowoc, and talk about the economy with company workers.
Verfuerth said “there is a common vision there for energy independence.”

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