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Obama Returns to Wisconsin Saturday



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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to supporters on September 17, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. President Obama spent the day in Ohio campaigning in Cincinnati and Columbus. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A month before early voting begins in the November election, President Barack Obama returns to Wisconsin, now solidified as battleground territory.

    Obama wasn't supposed to spend much time in Wisconsin, and it's been a while since he made the trip. That was before it became a place of potential gain for Mitt Romney. His Chicago-based campaign confirmed Wednesday he'll arrive there Saturday for a grassroots event at Milwaukee's Summerfest Grounds to corral likely voters.

    Topics of discussion include "the choice in this election between moving the country forward with his vision for continuing to create an economy that’s built to last, or going back to the same failed top-down economic policies that crashed our economy and punished the middle class," according to campaign organizers. 

    He's also expected to lay out his plans for middle-class security, creating jobs and growing the economy.  

    Obama didn't comment on the Chicago teacher strike -- the city's first in 25 years -- but the topic of unions is bound to come up in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker last year signed a measure to curb collective bargaining rights and limit benefits for state workers.

    The event takes place at Henry Maier Festival Park, 654 E. Polk St.