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Empezando hoy, Obama le dedicará tres días a Iowa. Algo insólito tratándose de un estado con solo 6 votos electorales. recorrerá el estado de Oeste a Este; estará en Council Bluffs, Boone, Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dubuque y Davenport.
President Barack Obama often says Iowa holds a special place in his heart. Iowans in 2008 lifted him from underdog presidential hopeful to caucus winner and gave him 54 percent of the vote in the general election.
He begins a three-day bus tour through the state today on less sure footing. With polls showing the state up for grabs in November, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is sending his newly-announced running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, to the Iowa State Fair to try to try to steal some of Obama’s thunder.
(...) The trip shows Obama is concerned about his slipping popularity, according to Romney Iowa strategist David Kochel.
“A state he won by nine points four years ago is requiring a three-day bus tour,” Kochel said. “He’s trying to address what is a lot of buyer’s remorse out here.”
Iowans “feel responsible for launching President Obama,” he said. “He’s trying to capture some of the magic from four years ago, but the thrill is gone.”
Des Moines pollster J. Ann Selzer, whose firm conducts surveys for Bloomberg News, said Obama’s decision to spend three consecutive days in Iowa does suggest that “he thinks it’s that close” and also that he thinks he can “rekindle the fire.”
“Every list that talks about how he gets to the number of electoral votes he needs includes Iowa,” Selzer said. “It’s part psychological for him to come back to a place that felt like maybe it represents the people who understood the promise of his candidacy in 2008 but who also felt disappointment that the promise wasn’t exactly delivered.”