Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama and his challenger, Hillary Clinton, are both zeroing in on the economy as the campaign moves to big industrial states ravaged by job losses and foreclosures.
A day after winning three more state contests, Obama, 46, delivered a major economic-policy speech at a General Motors Corp. assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. The Illinois senator detailed a $60 billion infrastructure bank to invest in projects such as roads, bridges and airports. In addition, he proposed a $150 billion plan to create green-energy jobs.
``The economy's going to be the major focus going forward,'' said Austan Goolsbee, Obama's top economic adviser. ``You'll see a lot of discussion coming from him about the squeeze on the middle class, how that relates to the slowdown of the economy in the short run, and what investments in terms of jobs, technology and workforce skills are needed for the future.''