President Obama Returns to Newton to Seek Wind Tax Credits

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Iowa Field House, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama came to a central Iowa wind turbine blade manufacturer to speak about why he believes Congress should extend wind energy tax credits that are set to expire at the end of the year.

Obama's visit Thursday to Newton is his second since he became president. He delivered an Earth Day 2009 speech at wind industry manufacturer Trinity Towers and is visiting a TPI Composites wind turbine blades factory this time.

Obama found a sympathetic audience in the 15,000-person community of Newton. The community is home to about 1,000 jobs centered on wind energy generation.

The president will attend a Des Moines campaign rally after the Newton event.

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