Obama visits Intel plant in Chandler

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CHANDLER, ARIZ.—Fresh off the heels of his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama came to Chandler to continue his message of creating jobs and keeping them on U.S. soil.

The backdrop for his speech: a massive construction site on the Ocotillo Campus of Intel Corporation, the future site of “Fab 42,” Intel’s new $5 billion dollar plant.

 The company says it will be the most advanced high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility plant in the world. Construction of the plant will employee thousands, and when it opens in 2013 the company expects to hire thousands more.

 “The factory that’s being built behind me is an example of an America that is within our reach. An America that attracts the next generation of new manufacturing jobs, an America where we make stuff and build stuff and sell stuff all over the world,” Obama said.

 Obama also reiterated his call to end tax cuts for the wealthy and gave a shout out to now-former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, with whom he shared an emotional embrace before his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday.

“Let me say how happy I was to see one particular Arizonan last night, Gabby Giffords. I was able to give her a big hug and just tell her we could not be more happy to see her. She just looked gorgeous last night. She's been an inspiration,” he said

Obama spoke before a crowd of more than 6,000 people, many of them Intel employees and their guests.

Guests arrived hours in advance of the president’s 4:30pm arrival and stood in the glaring sun waiting, but many said it was worth it.

“He was really concerned about jobs and I think that’s important to all of us here, that’s what impacted me” said Intel employee Jeff Dorn.

“I thought he was very genuine,” said Bob Bruck.

Obama met privately with several dignitaries and special guests before his speech.

Among them, Phoenix resident and college graduate Dulce Matuz, who is undocumented and asked Obama to get the Dream Act passed.

“I was a little disappointed in his answer because he's telling me he's doing everything he can and I know he's not doing everything he can,” said Matuz.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, Maricopa County Supervisors Mary Rose Wilcox and Fulton Brock, and former Attorney General Terry Goddard were some of the dignitaries in attendance at the event.

The trip is part of a tour of five battleground states that began in Iowa and will take Obama through Nevada, Colorado and Michigan.