LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — President Barack Obama is pitching a plan for universal child care at a liberal stronghold deep in Republican territory, promoting his Democratic party agenda while calling for less partisanship in Washington. He says that with two working parents in many U.S. households, high-quality child care programs "are not just nice-to-haves, these are must-haves." Obama told a crowd at the University of Kansas: "I don't want anybody being daycare poor." He acknowledged losing Kansas twice during his presidential campaigns, though he added cheerily that he probably won some sectors of the university town of Lawrence. The president lost the state but actually won Douglas County, home of Lawrence and KU, during his election in 2008 and his reelection in 2012. Obama was on the second day of a two-day trip to conservative states where he was making the case for initiatives that he outlined in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. He visited Idaho on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, before his speech, the President made time to meet with the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. Read more about that here, in this article from the KC Star.