UPDATE: Campaign aides say President Barack Obama plans to campaign across Iowa next week, visiting at least seven cities over three days.
It will be the Democratic president’s fifth campaign visit to Iowa this year. It’s Obama’s longest Iowa stay since taking office in 2009 and his longest visit in one state during this presidential election campaign.
Obama is scheduled to visit Council Bluffs and Boone on Monday; Marshalltown, Oskaloosa and Waterloo on Tuesday, and Dubuque and Davenport Wednesday. First lady Michele Obama will join the president for Wednesday’s stops.
Republican Mitt Romney was scheduled to campaign in Iowa later Tuesday and Wednesday morning, making his fourth visit to the state since clinching the GOP nomination. Iowa is among about a half dozen states where polls show the race very close.
The president visited Cedar Rapids July 10. Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign appearance at United Auto Workers Local 838 in Waterloo June 26. First lady Michelle Obama attended University of Northern Iowa spring commencement in May 2011.
Obama was a U.S. senator when he appeared at Central Middle School in February 2007, Hoover Middle School in December 2007 and East High School in January 2008, as a presidential candidate prior to the Iowa caucuses.
Local Democrats believe next week’s anticipated visit will be Obama’s first visit to Waterloo as president.