It is wheels down for President Barack Obama’s team Monday, the day before he touches down himself. A small R.V. carries the Heartland Tour: 2012 that started in Des Moines with a familiar passenger carrying a message: former Iowa Governor Chet Culver. Culver said the purpose of the tour is to “Make sure Iowans understand the clear choice and clear differences in this race for president in 2012.”
Culver laid out 4 examples:
The president would extend the wind energy production tax credit, while Republican Mitt Romney would phase it out.
Obama would end the Bush/Obama tax cuts for families making more than $250,000 a year, while Romney would keep them.
Obama maintains current abortion rights. Romney would ban abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and the mother's health.
Obama opposes plans to privatize Medicare coverage. Romney would offer consumers an option.
Culver said, “Iowans will really start to focus more and more, day by day on the choice."
But that choice is different than when Obama won the job as the party's up and comer four years ago. This choice is about whether with millions unemployed and the debt up a trillion a year, he should keep his job.
Two years ago, Culver lost soundly when he failed to get enough people behind him during his run for a second term. And he acknowledges that when you are no longer the new fresh face, that can be a challenge.
Obama won Iowa easily in 2008 by 9 points. This time it's an all-out battle in this battleground state with this R.V. one more way he hopes to drive his message to those who followed him before.
Culver summed up the importance of the week. He said, “First and foremost, you want to get the turnout there. Make sure your base is engaged and with our tour this week, the fact he is coming here two more times this week, that will happen.”