Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


May 22, 2012

Obama staffer confident in Iowa victory

Knoxville — Two days before President Barack Obama's scheduled visit to Central Iowa, Obama For America Communications Director Erin Siedler said the campaign is confident that the President will be able to carry Iowa in November. 

Siedler believes the keys to Obama's victory in 2008 are still here, such as a large volunteer base and a continued presence in the state since 2007. Nevertheless, Obama is hosting a campaign event at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. 

"Iowa plays an important role in this election," Siedler said. 

Confirmed remarks Obama intends to make were unavailable at the time of our interview. Siedler believes the President will focus on the economy and job growth. She said she believes his remarks will take approximately half an hour. Entertainment will be provided and the building is air conditioned. It is open to the public. 

Prior to the Des Moines event, Obama is making an official visit to TPI Composites in Newton. He is scheduled to deliver a speech on the economy there, but it is closed to the public. 

The fact that the President will come into the state on taxpayer-funded Air Force One for the official visit, then travel a relatively short distance to Des Moines for the campaign event, has already drawn the ire of the Republican Party. 

“While President Obama saddles Iowans with the cost of another taxpayer- funded campaign trip, folks across the state continue to struggle with higher costs on gasoline, groceries, health care, and tuition.  Instead of blaming everyone but himself, President Obama should take a look at his own list of broken promises to cut the deficit in half, lower healthcare costs, solve our energy crisis, change how Washington works, and help 9 million families from foreclosure," RNC Spokesman Ryan Mahoney said in an official statement. 

Text Only
AP Video
Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Biden Talks Economy and Civil Rights Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

     View Results