On Iowa Stump, Obama Attacks Romney

Supporters listen to President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2012.
Supporters listen to President Barack Obama at a campaign event at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2012.
WHITE HOUSE – As Republicans hold their national convention in Tampa, Florida, Democratic President Barack Obama again hit the campaign trail in key election states, returning to the Midwestern state of Iowa, which he won by more than a nine percent margin in 2008,
 
Addressing students at Iowa State University in Ames on Tuesday, President Obama criticized Romney's budget proposals as harmful to young people who are struggling to repay student loans.
 
To frequent cheers and an interruption of "Four More Years" from the crowd of some 6,000 people, Obama said young voters face a stark choice in November.  
 
At their convention in Tampa, he said, Republicans will offer Americans a "top down" agenda that has been tried before, but offers no "path forward" and will not meet "the challenges of our time."
 
"It didn't work out then; it won't work now," he said. "I don't want to pay for another millionaire's tax cut by raising taxes on the middle class. I don't want to pay for that tax cut by cutting financial aid on 10 million students. Our economic strength doesn't come from the top down; it comes from students and workers and a growing, thriving middle class. That is how we grow an economy."
 
Mischa Olson, an Iowa State junior, introduced the president, saying Obama cares about education, health care and other issues important to young voters.
 
"President Obama is fighting for us, for you and for me," she said. But if we don't fight to protect everything he has done, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will take it all away. The president isn't going to win this election by himself. We need to work together to make it happen, just like we did four years ago."
 
The university's Republican student activist group held its own rally in support of Mitt Romney.
 
Presidents typically avoid intense campaigning during their opponents' nominating conventions. But with the 2012 race so close, especially in crucial swing states, the president is using every day to solidify support.
 
Dianne Bystrom, director of Iowa State University's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, says Obama's visit, barely two weeks after he last campaigned in Iowa, reflects the narrowing race and presents contrast to the Republican convention.
 
"The Obama campaign is fairly savvy about images, and media coverage," said Bystrom. "I feel like there could be sort of a juxtaposition of images of Obama speaking to large college young crowds juxtaposed against the images that may be broadcast from the Republican National Convention."
 
The president's second stop was Colorado -- his latest visit to the swing state he won four years ago -- and an address at Colorado State University. Both Obama and Romney have visited Colorado several times since January.
 
The president ends his two-day campaign swing on Wednesday in the eastern state of Virginia. He is expected to make return visits to Ohio, North Carolina and Florida during the next two weeks.
 
With public opinion surveys showing Obama and Romney in a statistical tie, analysts say both candidates need to strengthen support from their political bases. They also need to attract voters in key groups such as women, young people and political independents between now and Election Day on November 6.
This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardshipi
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
May 28, 2015 6:48 PM
Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

VOA Blogs