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President Obama comes to Sioux City on the way to the DNC

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The president is starting his campaign tour called the "Road to Charlotte."

This before he officially accepts his presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, which starts Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

And this afternoon he started that tour near Des Moines, Iowa.

From there, he stopped at the Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

It was a fired up crowd which greeted the president as he took the stage in Sioux City Saturday.

The president returned to Iowa, where he said his campaign took off four years ago,  just as the political pundits were about to write him off.

Speaking to a packed-in crowd, the president focused on issues affecting the middle class.

"Our economic strength has never come from the top down, it comes from the middle out and the bottom up, it comes from students, and workers and small business people and a growing, thriving middle class, that's what built this country," President Barack Obama said.

The president went on to speak about in the America he believes in, a place where no matter who you are you can make it if you try.

"That's what these last four years have been about, that's what this campaign's about and that's why I'm running for a second term as president of the United States of America," President Obama said.

The crowd cheered the president on to chants of "four more years"

Kendra Bergenske from Sioux City said the president spoke about issues that affect her directly.

"Most everything that he says hits home pretty well with me. I'm a teacher at a community college, I'm a parent, my husband's a veteran. I just really, really believe in what he says and that it's going to do better for us," Bergenske said. 

Sherry Padgett from Sioux City says she saw a side of the president which had been missing for awhile.

"I was very impressed, I thought he was more motivating than he's been for quite a while. I really thought he hit the key points he needed to and to get people fired up again," Padgett said.

Padgett says today was a day to be remembered for people of all ages.

"This is pretty special and I brought the grandchildren so they can hopefully be impressed to know this happened and they were at the event today," Padgett said.

And Gwen Pardon, 12, of Long Beach, CA, may be too young to vote but says she would vote for him if she could.

"It was so amazing. I shook the president's hand, it was so amazing. I didn't think that I would actually get to and he was so close up and got pictures of him. it was amazing, it was so cool, I'll never forget it ever," Pardon said.

The president focused on many of the same points in Sioux City he talked about in Des Moines. Issues he says affect the middle class, renewable energy jobs,  of which he says 7,000 jobs are at stake in Iowa, affordable higher education and health care.

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