WASHINGTON D.C. – White House press secretary Josh Earnest is touting the economic recovery in the northern Indiana city of Elkhart, ahead of the President’s visit to Elkhart next week.
In an interview for this week’s edition of IN Focus, Earnest praised the administration’s economic strategy, and previewed the message President Obama would deliver in his visit to Indiana on Wednesday.
“None of that would have been possible if it wasn’t for the smart decisions and the smart strategy President Obama implemented to focus on the middle class and to focus on growing our economy from the middle out,” said Earnest. “And the president intends to talk about the elements of that strategy and how we can continue to build on that strategy and build for the long term on that economic strength.”
In the video above, Earnest is also asked about Governor Mike Pence’s recent comments on the economy, and who should get the credit for Indiana’s recovery.
“I’m more than happy to have the President come and celebrate the economic success of the state of Indiana, but I’m not real sure what Washington D.C. has done to contribute to it,” Pence told radio station 95.3 MNC in a recent interview. “We’ve had the lowest unemployment rate of all of our neighboring states. We’ve seen businesses large and small create more than 140,000 jobs over the last three years. And I think that’s been the result of the fact that we’re different from Washington… Here in Indiana, we have balanced budgets, we’ve invested in education and in infrastructure and since I became governor, we cut taxes for individuals and businesses every single year that I’ve been governor. And the economic recovery that we’ve seen all over the state of Indiana, I think, is testament to the people of Indiana. If the national media wants to shine a spotlight on Indiana’s success, we’ll be happy to celebrate that with them.“