August 13th, 2012
11:44 AM ET
Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) - With Mitt Romney's newly minted running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) also campaigning in Iowa this week, President Obama plans to take a swipe at the vice presidential hopeful here during the first stop of a three-day bus tour across the Hawkeye state.
"He’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way," the president is expected to say, referring to the Farm Bill, which is awaiting congressional approval and that the president believes will provide much needed relief for farmers and ranchers in Iowa and across the country.
"So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away," the president is expected to say in Council Bluffs according to transcripts released by his re-election campaign.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an effort Monday to purchase $150 million worth of beef and fish to assist livestock producers. That's in addition to a planned $30 million to help get more water and mitigate the effects of the drought.
Iowa is where President Obama began his successful trip to the White House in 2008.
The president remind voters here "how important the state is as we prepare for the final months leading up to November," says campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Psaki tells CNN the president will also talk about his commitment to the middle class, tax fairness, affordable healthcare and a wind tax credit to help clean energy industries in Iowa.