Obama looks to battleground Iowa
Then-Sen. Barack Obama campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in August, 2007.
May 24th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama looks to battleground Iowa

(CNN) - President Barack Obama rounds out a trip to the West coast - for fundraisers and a commencement address - with a Thursday campaign event at the Iowa State fairgrounds, where presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his rivals kicked off their campaigns last summer.

The state is a November battleground, and Team Obama is taking the battle to Romney in a web video which brings back what may be one of Romney's most memorable comments from the fair.

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"Corporations are people, my friend," Romney says in the 35-second video.

"Of course they are," he continues as onlookers jeer. "Everything that corporations earn ultimately goes to people."

That clip also surfaced in an April web video the campaign produced, which they billed as one "of the unforgettable moments from this unforgettable primary."

Asked for a response to the video, a spokeswoman for Romney's campaign said "President Obama has presided over an economy where millions of middle-class families are still struggling – and all he has to offer now are tired political attacks."

"Mitt Romney is offering voters a positive vision for our country, and he will take action on day one of his presidency to get our economy moving again," Amanda Henneberg said in an email.

Before his appearance at the fairgrounds, Obama is scheduled to tour a wind technology manufacturing company and highlight his Congressional "to-do list," including clean energy investments.

Obama won the state in 2008 by ten points, beating Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, 54% to 44%.

But in other recent presidential elections, Iowa has been narrowly swung between Republicans and Democrats. In 2004, the state contributed to President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election. He won the state by a mere 10,000 votes of the nearly 1.5 million cast. Former Vice president Al Gore won by a 4,000-vote margin of the almost 1.3 votes cast in 2000. President Bill Clinton won by six percentage points in 1992 and then expanded his margin to 11 points in 1996. Before that, Iowa supported Michael Dukakis in 1988 and Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Steve- Illinois

    Larry L, how do you visualize these programs when they are completely broke? Or do they just grow a new crop at the government money orchard?

    May 24, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Is this a picture of Obama telling the old woman he cut her Medicare by $500 BILLION to fund Obamacare???"

    It's not cuts, no matter how many times you repeat that lie. It is purely from cost-saving measures, and cuts to PROVIDER reimbursement rates and measures to reduce fraud (which Obama's administration has done a bang up job of reducing by the way). Moreover, it is so utterly dishonest for you and the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls to not only repeat this all the time because it is a lie, but also BECAUSE IT IS A PROVISION THAT RYAN'S PATHOLOGY OF PLUTOCRACY BUDGET ADOPTED. That's right...the very same $500B cost savings techniques that Obama implemented in the ACA were adopted in the budget that the GOP voted for en masse. You may now take your foot out of your mouth and yuor head out of your backside....god only knows how managed both at once.

    May 24, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    America, want to know what's wrong with our country (besides the domestic terrorist GOP)? The answer is, all the insane, illiterate, ignorant, racist sub-humans that support the GOP. It's truly amazing how completely brain-washed / braindead they are.

    May 24, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous


    "The only one that I hear telling lies and contorting the truth is Obama.

    Good for you, Kris. You've listed your grievances against other bloggers one by one, and still managed to out do each of those you've confronted with your own rather baseless and dare I say biased claims of inaccuracies.

    May 24, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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