Congressman Adrian Smith says he’s pleased President Barack Obama is visiting Nebraska.
But, Smith, a Republican, isn’t sure Obama, a Democrat, can take a lot of credit for the strong state economy.
“Any time the president visits I think that it’s a big deal. I would advise against the president trying to take credit for what’s been done at the state and local level,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I would leave it to Nebraskans to decide if President Obama has helped them.”
Smith admits the president decision to visit Nebraska in wake of his final State of the Union address took him by surprise. Obama will speak today on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus.
“It seems somewhat random, but I would imagine he’s looking for vibrant places to visit and I think Nebraska has a lot of vibrant places around the state,” Smith says. “But, again, I urge caution with the president trying to claim the credit for efforts that have been made on the local level.”