April 25th, 2012
03:57 PM ET
Iowa City, IA (CNN) – President Obama visited his third college in two days with this stop at the University of Iowa, where he continued his push for the youth vote, calling on Republicans to extend lower interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans. The rates are set to jump from 3.4% to 6.8% if Congress doesn't act by July 1.
Pushing his campaign message that he is the candidate fighting for the middle class, Obama sought to contrast himself with his wealthier opponent, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, telling a crowd of students, "We were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income but we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago."
"Think about that," he said. "I'm president of the United States. It was only about eight years ago that we finished paying off our student loans."
The president's trip to Iowa follows Tuesday's speeches at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder – all in battleground states.