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HILLSBORO, Ore. – President Barack Obama says we need to invest in research and technology in America. More importantly, he added, we need to invest in our people.

The president highlighted some of his administration’s education initiatives on Friday while touring Intel’s new campus in Oregon. He also took time to learn more about Intel’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs and check out a few of the student demonstrations by Intel Science Talent Search finalists.

“If we want to win the future, America has to out-build, out-innovate, out-educate, and out-hustle the rest of the world,” the president said.

Obama’s West Coast swing is highlighting his vision of making the U.S. more competitive globally through increased spending on research and education, while cutting or freezing spending elsewhere.

His stop Friday at Intel follows after a private dinner Thursday in San Francisco with the leaders of Facebook, Apple and other innovators.

At the Thursday dinner, Obama was joined by Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Steve Jobs of Apple, who is on his third medical leave as concern about his health mounts. Also present were the chief executives of Yahoo!, Oracle, NetFlix and Twitter, and the president of Stanford University.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini introduced the president at the company’s new semiconductor manufacturing facility (D1-X) while highlighting the additional facilities the company is planning to open soon in the U.S. Otellini also publicly accepted a new role on the president’s advisory council for jobs and competitiveness.

In the president’s State of the Union address last month, Obama repeatedly spoke of “winning the future” by preparing children to be competitive in the global economy. His plan calls for key investments in education to grow the economy and create more jobs.

He reiterated those sentiments on Friday while the blue backdrop behind the podium also said: “Winning The Future.”

Intel last year announced a 10-year, $200 million commitment to promote math and science education.

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