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Obama to visit Baltimore next week

President Barack Obama will visit Baltimore next Friday, the second in a series of outings aimed at selling his stalled jobs agenda.

The trip follows one the president took this week to Austin, Texas, where he visited a school and a manufacturing plant. An administration official said it was too early to say where, specifically, the president's Maryland events will take place.

The White House has been working to refocus attention on manufacturing jobs at a time when much of Washington is more consumed by the debates on immigration and the federal budget.

Obama announced this week that he had signed several executive orders that will take money from federal agency budgets and move it toward creating manufacturing hubs to boost that sector of the economy.

The president used his State of the Union address this year to call for greater investments in manufacturing and early education as well as an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Obama last visited the Baltimore region in June for two fundraisers, one at the Inner Harbor and another in Owings Mills.

Republicans were quick to argue that the trip would do little to help the economy.

"Another speech can't hide the fact that the president has been a drag on the economy," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "The unemployed need jobs, not another talking to."

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