President Stumps for Middle Class at Iowa Rally
President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa about his plan for the economy.
July 10th, 2012
07:22 PM ET

President Stumps for Middle Class at Iowa Rally

(Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – Arriving at an auditorium overflowing with supporters here this afternoon, President Obama made his pitch to Iowans in hopes of winning their support in November.

“This was a state that gave me a chance when nobody else would,” said the president, whose path to the Democratic nomination began with a win at the Iowa caucuses in 2008.

Obama went on to win the state by 10 percent of Republican Nominee John McCain in the general election, and while Iowa has only six electoral votes, it promises to be a battleground state once again. This was the president’s fourth visit to the state this year, and second to Cedar Rapids.

During his remarks, Obama repeated his message of restoring America’s middle class just one day after issuing a plea to Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. FULL POST

Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • President Obama
July 10th, 2012
04:12 PM ET

Obama, Romney ratchet up back and forth over outsourcing

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, who took his renewed pitch to cut taxes for the middle class to Iowa Tuesday, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ratcheted up the tense back and forth over outsourcing work overseas in an appeal to those hit hardest by the economic downturn.

At its core, the debate is a fierce battle to win the support of middle class voters - especially those in battleground states.

The Obama campaign continued hammering Romney over his private equity firm, Bain Capital, which "owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components," according to a television advertisement released Saturday. Obama's campaign has also been forcefully pushing a Washington Post report that calls Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, a "pioneer" in outsourcing jobs overseas.

The campaign has made the report a focal point of its ads against Romney, and the president frequently mentions it in his stump speeches.


Topics: 2012 Election
POTUS's schedule for Tuesday, July 10: Cedar Rapids
July 10th, 2012
09:51 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Tuesday, July 10: Cedar Rapids

President Obama travels to Iowa – a state he won by 10 points back in 2008 – to hold a campaign rally in sunny Cedar Rapids. While in Iowa the president will hold a roundtable discussion with a local Iowa family and then deliver remarks at a campaign event on middle class tax relief. Obama will certainly continue to push the message on the campaign trail today, that Congress should pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 a year and let the rest of those cuts for wealthier Americans expire. In a round of local affiliate interviews on Monday, the president confirmed what Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the White House briefing. If Congress passed a bill that included a tax cut extension for wealthier Americans, Obama would veto it. He'll return to DC later this evening.

For the full schedule released by the White House, click below. FULL POST