President Barack Obama said wind energy tax credits are vital to the continued growth of an industry that has brought 7,000 new jobs in renewable energy to Iowa.
Obama spent several minutes of his remarks on wind energy during his stop at Miller Middle School in front of a crowd of an estimated 555 people.
Obama zeroed in on his opponent, Mitt Romney, and his lack of support for wind energy tax credits.
President Barack Obama makes a statement on wind energy during a tour of the Heil farm in rural Haverhill Tuesday afternoon. Obama learned about the wind turbines on the farm prior to heading to Marshalltown.
"Maybe he needs to come to Iowa to learn something about wind power," Obama said.
Obama said not only are the windmills going up, but they are being made in America, including Iowa. He said 12 Hoover Dams worth of electricity is being produced by wind turbines in the country.
Prior to arriving in Marshalltown, Obama's bus stopped at the Haverhill farm of Jeff Heil, who has five wind turbines located on his property as part of the Laurel wind farm project completed last year. Aside from touring his farm, Obama also shot a few baskets with him and shared a moment of prayer.
"He's very personable, very outgoing, very charismatic and seemed very caring," Heil said. "I'm not a backer of Barack, but I respect him and I respect his office. It was a blessing."
Obama was introduced at Miller school by Kirk Kraft, of RPM Access, who is partly responsible for the development of wind farms in the area. Kraft told the crowd Romney and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, are not in favor of the wind energy tax credits.
"They insist on running against the wind," Kraft said.
Kraft said they've been trying for the past year to get Obama to visit a wind farm in Iowa and he was pleased to have that arranged Tuesday. He also appreciated the experience of getting to introduce the president.
"It was quite an honor," Kraft said.