www.google.com -- When President Barack Obama steps to the podium to deliver his State of the Union speech tonight, Americans can expect to hear a message heavy on hope that new manufacturing jobs will jump start the economy. On Monday during a conference call with reporters, Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and Obama’s senior economic adviser, said American manufacturing is likely to get top billing in the speech. “This is not a president who believes the days when we make things are past us,” Sperling said. “He believes this can be a new era of American manufacturing and more jobs and products stamped made in the USA.” The theme could play well in critical, rust belt swing states, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Recent jobs numbers have shown an uptick in American manufacturing jobs — a trend the White House is eager to trumpet.
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