April 27th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to Iowa, again!

Obama is headed back to Iowa.
Obama is headed back to Iowa.

Washington (CNN) - It's the state that launched him towards the White House. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama returns to Iowa for the third time since his inauguration as president - and the second time in the past month - to talk about the economy as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour.

The president's scheduled to tour the Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, in the southeastern part of the state, and then speak to workers at the plant about the economy and job creation. Obama then heads about 35 miles north to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa to tour a local business. Later the president holds a town hall at the Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

At each stop, Obama will meet with workers, farmers, small-business owners, and local leaders "to share ideas for continuing to grow the economy and to put Americans back to work," the White House said in a statement.

It was just a month ago that Obama spoke at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, to tout the health care reform bill that he had just signed into law. In May 2007, then-presidential candidate Obama first unveiled his health care plan in Iowa that the White House says "launched a grassroots campaign for reform that led directly to the legislation passed" by Congress last month.

Obama made his first trip as president to Iowa on April 22 of last year. He marked Earth Day in Newton, Iowa by announcing a new initiative to lease federal waters for the purpose of generating electricity from wind and ocean currents.

Obama's victory in January 2008 in his party's Iowa caucuses boosted him into front-runner status along with Hillary Clinton in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination - a fight he ultimately won when Clinton dropped out in June of that year. Obama ended up winning the state by 10 points - a switch in fortunes for the Democrats from only four years earlier when President George W. Bush narrowly won the state.

But the political climate has changed for the president and for the Democrats since those heady days of 2008. Iowans are now divided on the job Obama's doing in the White House. According to a KCCI-Research 2000 poll conducted two months ago, 49 percent of Iowans approved of the president's performance in office, with 46 percent saying they disapprove. The same survey indicated that 35 percent of Iowa voters thought the country was headed in the right direction, with six in 10 saying it was headed the wrong way.

This two-day three-state swing will also take the president to neighboring Missouri and Illinois, home to two hot Senate races this year. In Missouri, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democratic candidate, will appear at Obama's Wednesday event at a ethanol plant in Macon, in the north-central part of the state. Carnahan, locked in a battle against Republican Rep. Roy Blunt for the seat of retiring Republican Christopher Bond, was in the nation's capitol last month, when Obama last visited Missouri.

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate candidate in his state, says he'll appear at the president's event in Quincy Wednesday. Giannoulias is facing off against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk for the Senate seat once held by Obama and now by Roland Burris, who is not running for a full term in office. Giannoulias has seen his bid for the Senate rocked by the controversy over his family's bank, which was taken over by federal regulators last week.

The White House says this is not a political trip, but the president will speak about the economy, the top topic on the minds of American voters, in campaign like settings. The tour also comes just over six months before this year's crucial midterm elections. With unemployment hovering just below double digits, the Democrats will try to defend their large majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and their smaller advantage in controlling governorships.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Stacie

    I love the fact that this President listens to small business owners, workers, farmers, and others he has been elected to represent. Great example of leadership! Thanks for coming to the heartland!

    April 27, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. southerncousin

    This phony, lying, sleazeball union spokesman is not through ruining the country yet, he wants another four years. There are so many Nobel Peace prizes, NBA titles and Super Bowl championships for him to win. There just aren't enough people out of work and on the government dole to suit him and his lying, theiving union cronies yet.

    April 27, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. D.

    For this president: Governing is a continuation of Campaigning by other means!

    April 27, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Gordon Shumway

    Obama is the first President who has not stopped campaigning once in his administration. Our national debt increases with each unnecessary trip, which, for Obama, turns out to be about two a week! The Air Force had to double the budget for his transportation alone.

    April 27, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Democrats up for election in November need to follow the President's strategy on how to campaign this summer. If Dems can mobilize like we did in 2008, we can get those republicans out of Congress.

    Targeted Republicans: Bachmann, Demint, Boehner, Cantor, Cornyn, McConnell

    April 27, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. gt

    give it a rest ,, work on jobs,,,dont you get it,,,,ugh

    April 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. TCM

    Ok, So Iowa owes the nation BIG TIME for launching this fraud to the White House...the perpetual campaigner...the thug street activist returns to the starting point, to tell people of color, to develop a racist tendency at the voting booth...to keep his entitlement train on track. This fraud and his administration has made a mockery of this nation.

    April 27, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    Mr president,you were right to say no to offshore drilling but wrong to succumb to republican prussure bought by big oil to recide your objection. Look at what is happening at the Gulf Coast. This is the worst disaster in any describable terms possible. Please sir,recide your directive on offshore drilling soon.

    April 27, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. thecampaigningresident

    is at it again....this moron thinks he's on vacation while the country is being destroyed.

    April 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Yahbut

    Why did the president have to fly to Iowa? I realize that all presidents have flown around the country, but I have never seen one who flies some place almost any place constantly. He seems absolutely obsessed with flying in airforce one. Does he have any idea how much it costs to fly him from place to place with all the added people and equipment that go with him?
    The nation is in a recession and he is spending and spending with this constant flying. I think it is time for him to show some restraint and help us save a little money.
    I know that Alan Simpson(he is on President Obama's special committee to help save the U.S. money) seems to belittle saving money in small pieces, but every little bit helps.

    April 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Kirsten Riley

    Wow, thr guy's already campaigning for reelection. Does he not realize that we've got alot bigger of issues to ficus on? Oh, and interesting how he has still not visited the majority of states that didn't vote for him, apparently since the people don't agree with him, they don't deserve to have the president care about them. How is it that he has visited some foreign countries more than he has some states? They guy;s got to get his priorities straight.

    April 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. CPL

    There is nothing wrong with that joke. It has been around for ages. People need to lighten up and stop being so righteously indignant.

    April 27, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Ben

    Yet another useless trip at taxpayers expense for the Campaigner in Chief.

    April 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. dale

    Make no mistake like no likes to say. The hc legislation didn't pass the people. It just passed. A crooked congress. Now he'll try to do the same thing with immigration. This president is dividing this country

    April 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Running a campaign is not leading a country

    President Obama has not stopped campaigning since he took the oath of office. Unfortunately, that is all he has done as President – campaign. Every piece of legislation; every speech; every memo; every interview; they are all staged and designed as a campaign message. He passes legislation to win votes; he curries favor with unions and lobbyists to win votes; his entire legislative agenda is carefully scripted and guided with one goal in mind – to win votes. Unfortuantaely for the majority of hard working Americans, managing an on going campaign is not the same a s leading a nation as President. And the American people are the big losers here.

    April 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Goofus

    IOWA ; idiots out walking around!

    April 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    It doesn't get much more "Main Street" than the small towns in Iowa. From their little eateries where the local farmers gather for breakfast in the cold winter months, to the antique shops, to the animals and the fields of grains. I love Iowa.

    April 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. MikeH

    Oooo, CNN uses an exclamation mark. Whatever is it that CNN trying spin here?

    Obama wants to have a chance at accomplishing his agenda, that requires Democratic control of Congress, that requires Obama to stump for Democrats up for re-election, Obama goes to Ohio to stump. End of story.

    April 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Comrade Obama

    So how much money will this campaign trip cost the American taxpayer (the 53% who paid 2009 federal income taxes) and how much carbon will his flights and motorcades spew into the air? Just wondering...

    April 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Comrade Obama

    So how much money will this campaign trip cost the American taxpayer (the 53% who paid 2009 federal income taxes) and how much carbon will his flights and motorcades spew into the air? Just wondering...

    April 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He can fly to Iowa, or anywhere else he darn well chooses to go on AIR FORCE ONE!!! What is the freaking problem? He is talking to Americans about issues that impact Main St. Get off his back already you guys are tiresome. If he goes abroad it's a problem, if he meets with Americans it's a problem. You and I BOTH know what the real problem is... Hold your breath for 6 1/2 years if you need to. Meanwhile let the President preside.

    Obama ALL THE WAY BABY 2012!!!!

    April 27, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Enough

    Oh stay home. We have had enough of Obama's empty glory words that mean absolutely nothing. This man is bankrupting the country faster than any president in history and is clueless that he is the reason the economy has NOT recovered and won't as long as he is sinking the ship. 2012 can't get here fast enough.

    April 27, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Capt. Snarky

    Obama's Carbon Footprint has got to be HUGE........

    April 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Jerry - Florida

    Oh well... What did you expect? It's our dime! It must be sinking into his thick brain that he and his cronies are in trouble. Don't be fooled by the "Fooler-in-Chief" America.

    April 27, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Obama heard that Iowa has some good golf courses.

    April 27, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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