It’s not spring break but President Obama is going on a road trip.
And instead of going to the beach he’s going to three landlocked states – Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa — that could be key to his reelection prospects next year.
The White House isn’t billing this as a campaign trip but rather as a chance to hear about the concerns of average Americans and give Obama the opportunity to discuss what he is doing to improve the economy and reduce unemployment.
Obama’s trip, which began today and runs through Wednesday, comes at a time when Republicans have received considerable attention for their strong criticisms of the economic performance of the Obama presidency.
During last Thursday’s debate in Ames, Iowa preceding Saturday’s straw poll, Republican presidential candidates took turns lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy, with a special emphasis on what they said was his record of spending too much money and increasing the regulatory burden on business.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who won the straw poll, has been one of the harshest Obama critics. She is also the sponsor of legislation that would repeal the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill.
And the newest entrant into the race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is running on his record of cutting spending and creating jobs as a counterpoint to the Obama record.