April 23rd, 2012
01:42 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – Call it the battle for the youth vote.
As President Barack Obama heads to three battleground states this week to push for an extension of a law that cuts interest rates on a popular federal student loan program for low and middle income undergraduates, and to energize young voters, his re-election campaign is also pushing for the extension with national and state events.
The president will visit the University of North Carolina, the University of Colorado and the University of Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday. The three universities are in states Obama narrowly won in the 2008 election and are considered battleground states again in 2012, meaning they are expected to be heavily contested by both parties in the general election.