Iowa will enjoy two bursts of the political spotlight on Tuesday when President Obama and potential Republican presidential contender Sarah Palin visit the state.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One last week, “The President will visit Alcoa Davenport Works Factory in Bettendorf, Iowa, to tour the facility and discuss the critical role that the manufacturing sector plays in the American economy.”
Mr. Obama is taking frequent road trips lately to talk up manufacturing’s role in an economic recovery that has been lackluster and politically damaging. The president has warm memories of Iowa since his victory in the 2008 caucuses over Hillary Clinton and John Edwards put him on the path to the White House.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, will travel to the opera house in Pella, Iowa, about an hour’s drive southeast of Des Moines, to attend the premier of “The Undefeated,” which the filmmakers say “chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence.”
In a statement distributed by the film’s producer and distributor, Ms. Palin said, “We are very excited to visit historic Pella and its opera house and look forward to seeing the finished film for the first time with fellow Americans from the heartland.”