President Barack Obama arrives in Phoenix for speech

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- President Barack Obama is now in Phoenix.

Air Force One landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday.

Waiting to greet him were Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

Also in attendance were a group of about 50 people along the rope line on the runway tarmac.

Obama shook many of their hands after meeting and greeting the politicians. He also posed for pictures and held three babies, bouncing one with a pink dress.

Obama is on a three-state swing aimed at claiming credit for recent growth and blunting the momentum of the new Republican congressional leadership.

He's scheduled to speak Thursday morning at Phoenix's Central High School, where he's expected to announce lower insurance premiums for government-backed mortgages.

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