AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry greeted President Barack Obama at the Austin airport with a handshake on Thursday.
Perry was waiting at the bottom of the stairs from Air Force One when it landed on Thursday for a presidential visit to Texas.
Obama is scheduled to stop at a high school, a high-tech incubator and a major semi-conductor firm to tout technology jobs and education. The goal of the trip is to show that creating well-paying middle-class jobs is still a priority.
According to a White House official, Obama will announce a competition to create three Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.
Perry said he told the president that he could learn from his Republican policies in Texas that has made the state a leader in employment growth. Perry is a staunch critic of the president and made a bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012.
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell also greeted Obama, who was accompanied by Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
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