November 1st, 2011
12:05 PM ET
In the latest effort to sell his jobs proposals and gin up support in key battleground regions, President Obama will sit down with ten local news reporters on Tuesday while his staff provides them with special access to the White House grounds, senior advisors, and cabinet secretaries.
The White House is billing the event as “Live from the White House,” and is providing space on the South Lawn for the local reporters to anchor their broadcasts tonight. In addition to a quick interview with President Obama, the reporters will speak with several cabinet secretaries and a White House staffer who is from their hometown market.
The local reporters will also have lunch with senior Obama advisor David Plouffe, tour the main floor of the White House and Kitchen garden, and ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a question in the daily briefing.
It all appears to be part of a clear effort from the White House communications team to connect to voters who may not otherwise follow politics or the president closely while reiterating the president’s jobs message.
“Many Americans rely on the stories that local television anchors report every evening to understand what's happening both in their community and across the country. It's because of this strong relationship that they have with their viewers that we've invited them to the White House to talk about the President’s efforts to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” said Josh Earnest, the principal deputy White House press secretary.
The local markets represented include Portland (Oregon), Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Omaha, Tampa, Hampton Roads, Philadelphia. A reporter from Hearst, which represents several smaller news stations across the country, is also participating.
– CNN's Brianna Keilar and Alex Mooney contributed to this report