Capital Region Prepares for Obama Visit; GOP Offers ‘Prebuttal’

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Preparations are well underway today for President Barack Obama’s third visit to the state’s Capital Region, where he’s expected to speak at an Albany nanoscience center at 1:35 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to accompany Obama early Tuesday afternoon on a tour of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, before the president delivers his speech on the U.S. economy.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during his daily briefing Monday that Obama will address “some of the things that Congress should and must do to help the economy grow and create jobs.”

“I won’t steal his thunder by giving you specifics, but that is certainly going to be a topic of discussion when the president has his event in New York (Tuesday),” Carney said.

Air Force One is slated to touch down at Albany International Airport late in the morning before making the short trip to the nanocenter. A stretch of Interstate 90 in the Albany area will be closed from noon to 3 p.m. to accommodate.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee held a conference call Tuesday morning in advance of Obama’s visit, where former Gov. George Pataki and state GOP Chairman Ed Cox blasted Obama’s tenure as harmful to the private sector.

Pataki, who was governor from 1995 through 2006 and oversaw state investment into the nanocenter, said the facility is “a shining example of what the United States’ economy can and should be.”

“But I also think it contrasts why President Obama’s economic policies, particularly when it relates to jobs, has been a complete and utter failure,” Pataki said. “What we did in Albany was empower the private sector, and we had to do it in a number of ways.”

Pataki reiterated his support of Obama’s Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “I think he has the right ideas. I’m an enthusiastic supporter of Governor Romney,” Pataki said.

(AP file Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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