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Obama to visit Ohio day after Iowa caucuses

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:08 a.m. HST, Dec 30, 2011

President Barack Obama will travel to Cleveland the day after the Iowa caucuses as he seeks to draw a contrast with Republicans running for president.

The White House says the president's Jan. 4 trip to Ohio will focus largely on the economy.

Republican presidential candidates will face off in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3. It's the first nominating contest of the 2012 campaign.

Obama won Ohio in 2008. But the state has been hard-hit economically during the president's term, and is sure to be a political battleground in next year's presidential election.

Obama aides say the president's trip to Cleveland marks the start of an aggressive 2012 domestic travel schedule. Still, aides insist Obama will not fully engage in the presidential race until after Republicans pick a nominee.


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MalamaKaAina wrote:
Is Barack going to bring Uncle Omar and Aunt Zeituni to talk about immigration entitlements.
on December 30,2011 | 04:06AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
When is this guy going to stop acting as the President of the United States and do what he is being paid to do???
on December 30,2011 | 05:33AM
Venus1 wrote:
The more I see/hear from Republicans, the more I admire and appreciate Obama!!! Keep the 'trash talk' up Republicans!!! Good for Democrats!!!
on December 30,2011 | 05:58AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
I am an Independent!! You must be one of the lucky 1% that can actually afford this president?
on December 30,2011 | 08:08AM
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