MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The road to the White House ran through Wisconsin on Saturday. President Obama reached out to a huge crowd of supporters at an event in Milwaukee.
The president started off with a few jokes to lighten up the crowd at the Summerfest Grounds on Saturday, but didn't waste time getting to the real reason he was in Wisconsin-- politics. Obama pitched his ideas on tax reform.
"I want to keep your taxes low, but I can afford to pay a little bit more -- Mitt Romney can afford to pay a little bit more. The reason I want to do it is not because I want to punish success, it's because when you give tax relief to middle class families they spend it," says Obama.
Obama talked about building a better education system and plans to bring down the deficit without hurting the middle class, he says that can be done by finding inefficiencies in government to eliminate waste.
Wisconsin's top Democrats were there to help remind voters the election is just around the corner. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Tammy Baldwin all pushing for people to get out and spread the word about voting for the president and Baldwin on November 6th, who is running for retiring Kohl's U.S. Senate seat.
Many Republicans are saying the president's trip to the Badger state is an acknowledgement the Obama campaign is worried about winning Wisconsin in the general election, but an average of recent polls shows Obama is leading in the state by 7 points.
That's a lead supporters say will secure a second term in November.
"There's enough people here that still believe in the working class, the middle class, and that President Obama is the one that's going to be standing up for us," says Lisa Middleton, from Oconomowoc.
This was the president's ninth trip to Wisconsin since he took office and his second trip in 2012.
The Associated Press says First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in the Appleton area next week. It would be her second trip to Wisconsin in four weeks. She was in Milwaukee last month to offer condolences to the Sikh temple shooting victims.
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