Location, location, location (the sequel)
April 18th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Location, location, location (the sequel)

Washington (CNN) – Friday we pointed out that it shouldn't be any surprise that two of the three states President Barack Obama visits this week are battleground states.

Now the update: Monday the president gives interviews to anchors from local TV stations in four cities. I guess it should be no surprise that three of those stations are located in battleground states, or swing states, if you'd like - states considered competitive in the race for the White House.

But the White House says campaign politics is not behind the placement of where the president gives interviews.

The White House says that in the interviews with the local television stations, the president will "discuss his vision for reducing our debt and bringing down our deficit, based on the values of shared responsibility and shared prosperity."

The four stations are KCNC in Denver, Colorado, WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, WTHR in Indianapolis, Indiana, and WFAA in Dallas, Texas. Let's start with the first three. Obama won all three in 2008. He was the first Democrat to win Indiana in a presidential election since 1964, the first to carry North Carolina since 1976, and the first since Bill Clinton in 1992 to capture Colorado.

Texas, of course, is a different story. Republicans have dominated politics in the Lone Star state for years. But Democrats think Texas could come into play thanks to the rapid increase of Hispanics in the state.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the Obama re-election campaign did not weigh in on the selection process of which television stations the president would give interviews to.

"The campaign doesn't weigh in on it. We make our decisions on where the president should give interviews right here at the White House," said Carney.

Now to the town halls. The president travels to northern Virginia Tuesday to hold a town hall. Obama won the state in 2008, the first Democrat to carry Virginia in a presidential election since 1964. With an open Senate seat to defend as well, Virginia is a crucial state for Democrats in 2012.

The president also holds a town hall in Reno, Nevada on Thursday. Obama carried that state as well in 2008, the first Democrat to capture Nevada since Bill Clinton won it in 1996. Like Virginia, there's a crucial contest for the Senate as well, but in this case it's an open seat that is currently held by the GOP.

In between the two events, the president also holds a town hall Wednesday at Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. California is safe and lucrative politically for Obama. He will also be the main attraction at fund raisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles for his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Padraig

    Shuck and jive Mr. President, shuck and jive.

    April 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The President needs to hit up all these states where there are republican governors are working against the middle-class. Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin Florida and Maine. That's where the 2012 elections will be fought.

    April 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Absolutely, positively, the WORST president in American history. Go back to organizing communities, Obama.

    April 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. welfare prez retoric

    oh, obama and the rest of the demoncrates can say kill granma, feed to kids garbage and the repubs can ride in the back while the dems bring guns to a knife fight, oh wow, the civility and a poor little demoncrate whines when they are call ed socialist, too "F"ing bad, get over it you low life socialist pig in the mud, you want civility, then go see God, who has mercy, but you unpatriotic whining pigs of the true baby killing abortion supporting pigs can go straight to hell. You want civility, then go bark up someone elses skirt, because you socialist racists dirt throwning whiners can whine elsewhere, YOU ARE SOCIALIST and lets play, because there is NO MORE CIVILITY, down with the abortion supporting baby killing demoncrates, WE THE PEOPLE ARE COMING FOR YOU and WE ARE NOT CIVIL THIS TIME. You want a war of words, hmmm LETS PLAY

    April 18, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. diridi

    buddy, you need to work to bring the inflation down, look milk is 4.00 dollars a gallon, gas is so, even grocery is going up....look and solve....o.k, we vote for you...but you need to do, and work hard....so far you are doing fine...i vote for you....just concentrate on these needs......

    April 18, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. MJ

    Obama can take the hat off. Enough campaigning and take care of business. Gas, gas, gas. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Debt, debt, debt. Does he not get it! Why is he more concerned about the next election when Americans are in dire need of some sort of positive leadership? All I'm hearing is the same old rhetoric – BIOB – Not his fault. Guess what .. it is!!!

    April 18, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. yasmine

    So What?? Keep your head up Mr President..

    April 18, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. debby

    Go Obama! The President who has done the most for our nation,sinse Bill Clinton. I was actually embarassed for eight years every time Bush Cheyney would make a speech. He always left his speeches with this"Smug Smile" like I did a great job on that one? I think its wonderful to have a President that sits back and thinks, Before acting out in a speed up disaster, like Iraq! So GOOD to have a "Smart Statesman in office,who has "Charizma", good way with World leaders,and a huge amount of class and dignity!!!! 2012!!!!

    April 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. seebofubar

    The country and a good portion of the world are going to hell in a hand basket and this moron is campaigning. Please all of you blind Obama followers open your eyes and see what a complete idiot this guy is. I don't care if you throw you'r support Hillary or anyone else but you have to get rid of this self serving egotistical jerk before he takes this country past the point of no return.

    April 18, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |