April 25th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
Iowa City, IA (CNN) –– President Obama targeted House Republican Todd Akin from Missouri in his remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa Wednesday.
He did not call out Akin by name, instead citing Akin's recent remarks about how the federal government should not be in the business of student loans.
"America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in," Akin said in a debate with his two Republican opponents Saturday, according to a report by the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Akin, who represents suburbs west of St. Louis, is in a Republican primary contest to oppose Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). She is facing perhaps the toughest re-election fight of any incumbent Democratic senator this cycle.
"She said that she has 'very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt… because there’s no reason for that,'" President Obama told a supportive crowd of mainly students. "She said, students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity 'dumped in your lap.'"
The president zinged Foxx at her own alma mater, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and again at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
President Obama is trying to paint House Republicans as beholden to the most conservative members of their conference as House GOP leaders struggle to find consensus on a way to pay for the measure, which costs $6 billion per year.