Details of President Obama's Visit to Cedar Rapids Released

President Barack Obama speaks about the rising costs of higher education Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City, Iowa. The President, who was on a three campus tour, was pushing to keep interest rates low on a widely used loan program aimed at low-income and middle-class students. (Brian Ray/Pool Photo)


By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - President Obama will make a campaign swing through Cedar Rapids Tuesday, making a late morning stop at Kirkwood Community College’s Johnson Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.

Tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be distributed at Obama for America offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Waterloo as well as the IBEW 405 Hall starting at noon on Saturday.

It will be the president’s second visit to Cedar Rapids this year and the fourth to Iowa, one of a handful of swing states that are expected to determine the outcome of the 2012 election.

It also marks the ninth time since January that Obama, First Lady Michele Obama or Vice President Joe Biden has traveled to Iowa. Biden was here most recently, making several stops in Eastern Iowa in late June.

The frequent visits come as no surprise to Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, who is a part of the local Obama for America. “Obviously, the race is close in Iowa,” he said, noting that Iowa is regularly included on lists of states key to an Obama victory in November.

Tom Szold, Iowa communications director for the Republican National Committee, agrees that Iowa is in play. That reflects “reflect a disillusioned Iowa where voters are frustrated with President Obama’s failed policies and his empty, endless promises.”

However, Olson says the president “believes he has a great so try to tell in Iowa about strengthening the economy and the importance to the campaign to win Iowa in November.”

“So there’s no question the campaign and the president are going to be focusing time on states like Iowa,” he said.

Ticket distribution locations:
Cedar Rapids OFA Office -- 2857 Mt. Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids
Iowa City OFA Office -- 321 Market St, Suite 106, Iowa City
IBEW Local 405 -- 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
Waterloo OFA Office -- 512 Mulberry St., Waterloo

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