Monday, November 22, 2010
Obama/Biden Return to Hoosierland
Tomorrow, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be making a joint appearance in Kokomo, Indiana, to talk about the positive effects of the stimulus. These are not the actions of a President that has given up on Indiana.
At last check, Obama's approval rating in Indiana was hovering around 35 percent. With the 2012 Presidential Election well underway (and it is underway), Obama's visit signifies yet another visit to the state while he's a sitting President. You might remember that Obama made Indiana his first outside-the-White House venture after he was inaugurated in 2009.
Clearly, the President feels that Indiana may be in play again in 2012. Of course, a couple of Hoosiers are thinking about running for President. Mike Pence and Mitch Daniels are both mentioned as GOP possibles running for the nation's highest executive office. Indiana would likely be out of reach if one of those two end up on the ballot.
Still, it's not really that normal for the President to come to Indiana for a rally. I can think of only a couple of times it has happened prior. I remember Ronald Reagan showing up in Mooresville for lunch. Hmmm...maybe a couple of speeches here and there by Presidents for conventions and the like. But, an actual rally on its own? Not many of those over my lifetime.
I think it says that President Obama and his campaign clearly have not given up on Indiana in 2012 and are likely to contest things here again.