August 7th, 2012
07:43 PM ET
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is readying for a three-day blitz next week through Iowa, the swing state that ignited his 2008 primary charge against Hillary Clinton and later handed him a 10-point victory over Sen. John McCain.
The seven-city tour, lasting next Monday through Wednesday, will include stops in seven separate cities: Council Bluffs, Boone, Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dubuque, and Davenport.
The campaign also said that first lady Michelle Obama will appear with her husband on the third day of the trip to be on hand at the stops in Dubuque and Davenport.
Obama's campaign swing coincides with the similarly feverish travel schedule of rival Mitt Romney, whose multi-state bus tour commencing this weekend will take the former Massachusetts governor to Florida and Ohio while Obama is in Iowa.
With seven electoral votes, and an electorate that comes to know presidential candidates better than that of nearly every state, Iowa is being eyed heavily by both campaigns. An NBC News/Marist poll conducted last May found the race dead even between Obama and rival Mitt Romney, each at 44 percent.
Obama has visited Iowa seven times since announcing his re-election bid last year – most recently to hold a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids.