Iowa is huge on the electoral map for President Barack Obama. Yes, Iowa has six electoral votes, but those six electoral votes could make the difference between a Barack Obama second-term or a Mitt Romney presidency.
Not only is President Obama and his campaign team keenly aware of it, so is the Mitt Romney team.
That is why President Obama went on a three-day, nine-city bus tour through the beautiful state of Iowa. The bus tour through Iowa took him the length of the state from west to east, following stops in Dubuque and Davenport.
After all, Iowa is the home to one of President Obama’s greatest victories: the 2008 Democratic caucus. It was that victory that legitimized the former community organizer, state senator and for a brief time, United States Senator: Barack Obama.
Obama had shown that he belonged on the same political battlefield as Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Winning the Iowa caucus in 2008, soundly defeating Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, both household names. It was Michelle Obama who had said something to the effect, “If we don’t win the Iowa caucus, it will be over for us and back to Chicago.”
The same statement can be made once again and the Obama campaign knows it. President Obama made an appearance at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa during that bus tour. He was accompanied by his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama.
He reminded the crowd at the Amphitheater, “And I’ve got to tell you, Iowa, we’re not done yet. This journey is not done yet. We’ve got some unfinished business to do. And I’ve come here to ask you to stand with me, just like you stood with me in 2008, to finish what we started.”
He continued that “we came together in 2008 – and it wasn’t just Democrats, we had independents and some Republicans too.”
In closing, the President pointed out the differences between him and Mitt Romney.
“My plan has already extended Medicare by nearly a decade, the President said. “Their plan ends Medicare as we know it. My plan reduces the cost of Medicare by cracking down on fraud and waste and subsidies to insurance companies. Their plan makes seniors pay more so they can give another tax cut to millionaires and billionaires.
“That’s the difference between our plans on Medicare. That’s an example of the choice in this election. And that is why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America,” he said to rousing applause.
President Obama also put in a plug for his health care reform bill, The Affordable Care and Protection Act, or known now as Obamacare.
“Governor Romney says his big economic plan — in addition to these tax cuts for the wealthy — he wants to kill Obamacare. Get rid of it,” said the President.
He made a point of saying that he didn’t mind the word ‘Obamacare’ at all and he said why. “Now, first of all, I want you to know I kind of like the term ‘Obamacare.’ Because I do care. That’s why I passed the bill.”
The he went into some of the basic points.
“I care about folks with preexisting conditions — which is why, because of this law, they’ll be able to get health insurance. I care about the 6.5 million young people who can now stay on their parent’s plan because of Obamacare. I care about the seniors who have seen discounts on their prescription drugs. We’re closing the doughnut hole because of the law that we passed,” said the President.
He continued, “So if Mr. Romney and Congressman Ryan want to spend the next two and a half years having the same argument we had about health care all over again, they can feel free to try to do it. But the Supreme Court has spoken. It is the law of the land. We are moving forward to give every American the health security that they deserve. That is the difference in this election.”
Yes, Iowa will be a key battleground state and so will these issues of Medicare and Obamacare.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books