Vice President Joe Biden is making three stops in Iowa on Tuesday, June 26th and Wednesday, June 27th. He will visit Waterloo, Dubuque, and Clinton. It’s the V.P.’s third trip to Iowa in 2012 on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Biden’s trip comes one week after President Obama’s Repubilcan Challenger, Mitt Romney, spoke in LeClaire Park in Davenport. Iowa is one of 12 states being considered a “swing state” in the upcoming election.
The economy is expected to be the main focus of Biden’s visits. The topic also takes center stage in a new attack ad out from the Obama campaign on Tuesday, June 26th. The commercial, which will run in swing states, calls Romney an “Outsourcer-In-Chief” claiming he will not keep jobs in the U.S. if he becomes President of the United States.
Romney is already battling back during his campaign stops in Virginia this week. He says he has the goal to create thousands of jobs in that state alone during his first 100 days in office.
Meanwhile, speculation continues on who is going to be Romney’s Vice Presidential Candidate. On Tuesday, June 26th, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said “No Way.” Senator Marco Rubio, Representative Paul Ryan, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have all been talked about as potential V.P. picks as well. U.S. Senator Rob Portman from Ohio has also been tossed around as a possibility. He says whoever the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate turned out to be, he or she needs to be a team player and work with Congress to get things done.
“Right now you got, you know, the executive and the legislative branches not working together,” says U.S. Senator Portman. “And the Democrats control the Senate and the Republicans control the House. Sometimes we can working things out but even when we can, it seems like we can work with the President. So, I think it would be helpful to have just a better relationship between the branches to be able to solve these pressing issues because if we don’t address again the economy, it’s going to go even further down and we’re going to have even more problems.”
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