(CBS NEWS) -- After a long week in Washington touting his controversial agenda for
immigration reform and new gun safety laws, President Obama heads Friday
to Miami - where he'll speak at one of the city's major ports, and
potentially redirect some focus to his push to create new jobs.
Thursday, the president delivered a passionate, forceful speech shaming
Congress for going "squishy" on the gun control debate in the aftermath
of last year's Newtown shootings; the previous day, he spoke to two
Spanish-language television channels about immigration reform and the
recent Supreme Court cases governing marriage equality.
Today, at the Port of Miami, he'll reiterate more
familiar themes to his presidency - about the importance of innovation
and infrastructure in building a job-friendly economy.
you know, the president believes that even as we pursue balanced
deficit reduction, we need to make smart, targeted investments to create
jobs and boost our economy," Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman,
said on Thursday. "Tomorrow, at the Port of Miami, the president will
continue to flesh out some of his - some of his detailed proposals to do
Earnest called the event a
"good opportunity" for Mr. Obama to "illustrate the value, both in the
short term and the long term, of the important infrastructure
investments" for which he's long been pushing.
port of Miami is a major center of commerce, an example of the critical
infrastructure improvements that are being undertaken to remain
competitive in the global marketplace using the types of combined
investments form the federal government, state governments and local
governments, and private investors," he said. " One of [the] investments
that he discussed in his State of the Union address is the need to put
Americans back to work... right away, building the infrastructures that
American business, and American workers need to compete and win in a
global 21st century economy."
may be a fairly routine one, but Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is using it as
an opportunity to take a swing at the president - and hit him up for
some money, too.
"We're certainly glad
President Obama's coming to the Port of Miami tomorrow but he's late to
the party on Florida port investments," Scott said, according to the Palm Beach Post. "State taxpayers have stepped up time and time again to fund the federal share of projects."
to the Post, Scott, a deficit hawk who has criticized the president for
spending above the government's means, is asking the president to
reimburse Florida for $75 million worth of investments in ports that he
said were essential to job creation in the state. He said the money
would be reinvested into similar future projects.
"We could not wait for the federal government to come to the table with their share of this project," Scott said.