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.