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Barack Obama answers questions from young people

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Tampa Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Barack Obama has been answering questions put to him by young people, in a live broadcast by MTV.

Asked about providing jobs for young people, he said:

"The good news is that we've made real progress since I came into office. We acted fast, stabilising the financial system.

"I've put forward a very specific plan.

"One: bringing manufacturing back to our shores.

Two: We've got to make sure we have the best education system in the world.

"Three: I want to use clean energy to help replace some of our traditional energy sources, so we can cut our oil imports. That's good for our environment but it also creates jobs.

"Finally, I want to use some of the work we're saving from winding down in Afghanistan to put people back to work."

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