Someone in the crowd yelled out, "I love you!"
"If you love me you got to help me pass this bill," the president responded, seeking to build pressure for congressional action.
It was Obama's second campaign-style rally in two days as he pushes for action on his $450 billion jobs plan. His program is running into a buzz saw of opposition from Republicans -- and even some in his own Democratic Party -- over his plans to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations to pay for it.
The president was in Ohio Tuesday, and last week in Virginia, as he travels key electoral states to sell the plan with the economy stuck in neutral heading into his 2012 re-election campaign.
On Wednesday Obama's focus was small businesses, which would be helped by Social Security payroll tax cuts. Before speaking, he toured WestStar Precision, a small business in Apex, a Raleigh suburb, that makes specialized components for the aerospace, medical and alternative energy industries.