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WATCH LIVE: Obama kicks off jobs tour in Texas

Before his remarks, the president will get a chance to look around the school, which according to the White House, teaches "real-world skills."

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Later in the day, Obama will tour the Austin-based high-tech company Applied Materials Inc., where he will deliver remarks at 5:40 p.m. EDT.

"The president’s trip will be similar to previous 'White House to Main Street' events that directly engage the American people and effectively pushed Congress to act," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement. "Things are getting better, but our economic recovery is not as strong as it could be and far too many middle-class families are still struggling. The question is, will Congress will join with the president to make sure the middle class is strong and secure?"

Obama was able to successfully rally Congress to extend the payroll tax cut, lower rates on student loans, and strike this year's "fiscal cliff" deal after a series of public appeals. White House officials are hopeful that by getting out of Washington, the president may be able to regain some momentum for a legislative agenda that has so far stalled in the early months of his second term.

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