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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - All eyes will be on Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday as President Obama criss-crosses the Midwest. He'll be here to make what the White House is calling significant speeches on the economy. The president is yet again expected to lay out his vision for the middle class.

The first stop is Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where then Senator Barack Obama made his first economic speech eight years ago. Then the president visits the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg Wednesday afternoon.

A member of the White House economic team spoke with FOX 2 this afternoon. Alan Krueger says it's time for the president to reset the national dialogue when it comes to expanding the economy and growing jobs. Not surprisingly, Republicans in congress are saying this latest push is more of the same.

"The president has a vision for strengthening the middle class at a time when the US economy is confronted by global forces, technological changes that has made many jobs obsolete." said Alan Krueger.

"The President now yet again has announced his umpteenth pivot back to the issue of jobs and growth in the economy. And House Republicans have remained concentrated on job growth and better results for working families. And I say to the President, you know what, actions speak louder than words." said Eric Cantor.

We'll see if those words translate into any new actions. FOX 2 will be live in Warrensburg on Wednesday afternoon and evening to cover the President's address.