Obama Starts Rust Belt Bus Tour
President Barack Obama will start his two-state, two-day bus tour on Thursday in a region where fellow Democrats took a beating in midterm elections in 2010. Less than two years ago, nearly all the Senate and gubernatorial races in the region were swept by Republicans. Now, three Democratic Senators, who are clear favorites in their respective races, are campaigning with President Obama to try to help reelect the president in November.
The fact the three are clear favorites in the Senate races is positive news for Obama in states that are important for him to win in his reelection bid. Touring with the President at different stages of his bus tour will be Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
Obama will be discussing, on his tour, about how he helped save the auto industry and how he plans to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against China for import duties on over $3 billion worth of vehicles manufactured in different plants in both Michigan and Ohio.
Experts feel Democrats could help shore up important support for Obama, particularly Senator Casey, who endorsed Obama earlier on in his campaign in 2008. He has tremendous support in pockets of Pennsylvania that have recently given hope to the Republicans that they might be able to pull off an upset in the Keystone State.
The tour will make four stops in the state of Ohio where he kicked off his 2012 presidential reelection campaign and four others in Pennsylvania.