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May 8, 2012

Obama visits Albany high-tech center with Cuomo

ALBANY — President Barack Obama prepared to deliver a speech on the economy Tuesday, using the backdrop of a high-technology facility in Albany created out of a partnership with private enterprise and bipartisanship.

Beside him through much of the visit will be Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who made jobs and the economy part of his "new Democrat" movement in his campaign in 2010. Cuomo also shows a Democratic executive can forge a fiscally conservative agenda and work closely with Republicans, something with the president has struggled with in Washington.

"This Presidential appearance proves by inference what is wrong in Washington, by showing what is right in Albany," said Bruce Gyory, consultant to governors and a political science professor at the University at Albany.

"Gov. Cuomo has a time-tested and honored role in American politics," Gyory said. "As the most popular governor from his party in the country, Cuomo is a prized commodity for President Obama."

The speech comes a day after Obama's campaign released a new ad on the economy, the issue Republicans see as his greatest vulnerability.

The ad says the country is "coming back" after the economic meltdown caused by actions "all before this President took the oath." The ad is running in battleground states, which don't include Democrat-dominated New York.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Obama "spends a lot of time looking backward and blaming others" for his own economic failures.

The trip is Obama's third as president to high-tech sites around Albany that are expected to be part of the nation's future economy. Tuesday he visits to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, a research and development center, in the heart of the Rust Belt state.

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