Location, Location, Location
January 26th, 2011
10:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Location, Location, Location

Washington (CNN) – Campaign politics may partially be behind the choice of Wisconsin and Indiana as the states President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are visiting on the day after the State of the Union address.

The president visits Manitowac, Wisconsin, Wednesday, where he'll tour three businesses, including a power technology company.

Obama won the state by 14 points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. But last November Republicans made major gains in Wisconsin. The GOP won back the governor's office, a Senate seat and two House seats in the midterm elections.

The vice president pays a visit to Greenfield, Indiana, Wednesday, where he'll tour a plant that builds lithium-ion battery systems. Obama and Biden narrowly won Indiana, the first Democratic ticket to take the state in decades. But Republicans had a big November in Indiana, capturing a Senate seat and two House seats in the midterm elections.

Both states, as well as the entire midwest region, are expected to play a crucial role in the next presidential election. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday indicates that Obama has a 61 percent approval rating in the midwest, six points higher than his national approval rating of 55 percent.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Matt from Wisconsin

    WE DON"T LIKE OBAMA IN WISCONSIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why do think Russ Feingold an 18 year veteran senator from wisconsin lost to Senator Johnson who has never held a political office in his life? HE LOST BECAUSE OF OBAMA!!!!! HE LOST BECAUSE WE DON"T LIKE OBAMA IN WISCINSIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Katie

    He's going to "Manitowoc" Wisconsin – not Manitowac.

    January 26, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Kevin B

    Hi, from an area native.

    It's spelled "ManitowOc."

    Thanks.

    January 26, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Campaign politics may partially be behind the choice of Wisconsin and Indiana as the states President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are visiting on the day after the State of the Union address.
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    If this is true then I hope their re-election campaign is PAYING FOR IT! They spent most of the fall out on the road campaigning as well. Who paid for all that travel expense?

    January 26, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama's SOTU address has left the Republicans in the spot of putting up or shutting up. We'll see if they will continue to complain and campaign instead of focusing on jobs for the American people.

    January 26, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    It only just begun!!

    January 26, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |