Obama Seeks To Rekindle Faded Iowa Magic On 3-Day Tour......Faded or not?
President Barack Obama often says Iowa holds a special place in his heart. Iowans in 2008 lifted him from underdog presidential hopeful to Democratic caucus winner, and gave him 54 percent of the vote in that year’s general election.
He began a three-day bus tour through the state today on less sure footing, with polls showing Iowa up for grabs in November. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sent his newly-announced running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, to the Iowa State Fair today to try to steal some of Obama’s thunder.
“So, if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities,” Obama said at a campaign rally in Council Bluffs.Obama is using Ryan’s presence to make the argument that Republicans are obstructionists, saying the lawmaker is “one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way” of passing a farm bill that would provide relief from the drought.
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