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president and first lady obama in davenport iowa President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama arrive for a campaign rally Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Election 2012: President Obama Returns to Iowa

First Lady joins campaign trail for swing through state

By Adam Metivier | null null , null

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The temperature was hot as thousands of people packed the streets of the Village of East Davenport, Iowa, last Wednesday to hear President Barack Obama talk about why he should be reelected.

The President has made numerous stops in Iowa during his time in office and during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. But what made this event different is that it was one of only three campaign events that First Lady Michelle Obama has been a part of this year.

The crowd cheered as the First Lady took the stage. "I want to thank everybody in the state for the kindness and generosity and love that you all have shown our family," she said. "Regardless of what party you're from, regardless of how you felt about us, you have shown us so much love. And you don't understand how important that was for me because Iowa was my very first experience with a national campaign."

Paul Renaud was part of the crowd. He is glad to see the President come back to the state.

"It makes me feel proud to be an Iowan," Renaud said.

Iowa is an important state this election. It's considered a battleground state — which means both candidates have a shot to win it — and its six delegates up for grabs. Both parties know that Iowa could go either way. That's why the Iowans have been seeing more campaign commercials on TV than ever before.

But they are also getting to see the men who want to be President in person more than ever before.

Marina Castel said the President is listening on these trips.

"I think he recognizes us as a middle-class state, we had the bounty of a lot of our harvest, we had a lot of people who worked middle income jobs so I think that he keeps in touch with that, and I think that's important to him," Castel said.

President Obama said he is in touch with what America needs.

"We came together to restore that basic bargain that built this country," he said. "[It's a ] simple idea: Here in this country, if you work hard you can get ahead. Here in this country, if you take responsibility and you put in the effort, you should be able to find a job that supports a family, you should be able to find a home you can call your own, you shouldn't go bankrupt when you get sick, you should be able to retire with dignity and respect. And, most of all, you should be able to give your kids the kind of education and opportunity that allows them to dream even bigger and do even better than we ever did."
After the speech, the President and the First Lady went into a family-owned business for an old-fashioned hot fudge sundae. That business has been around for nearly 100 years.

The First Couple's stop in Davenport mixed a vision of the future with a taste of the past.


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