Obama To Tout American Manufacturing In Wis. Visit

Published February 14, 2012 5:54PM (EST)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Barack Obama will try to use his visit to a Milwaukee padlock manufacturer to highlight an improving economy and companies that are creating jobs in the U.S. rather than shipping them overseas.

However, the success story of Master Lock — which Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address — hasn't translated across Wisconsin, which has lost private sector jobs in each of the past six months.

Democrats are using that to hammer Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is being targeted for recall largely because of his proposal that curbed public workers' union rights.

Large protests over that proposal began a year ago Wednesday, the day Obama is visiting.

Master Lock is a good story for Obama. The unionized company has brought back 100 jobs from China.

By Salon Staff

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