Obama looks to invigorate supporters with series of events

08:27, April 19, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a series of interviews on Monday with local TV stations, and he is scheduled to visit battleground states later in the week to "connect" with voters, according to the White House.

Obama conducted interviews with four local stations Monday, which are KCNC in Denver, Colorado, WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, WTHR in Indianapolis, Indiana, and WFAA in Dallas, Texas. The President won Indiana, North Carolina and Colorado in 2008. But the three states rarely vote for a Democratic candidate.

As for the GOP dominated Texas, local reports say Democrats think Texas could come into play because of the rapid increase of Hispanics there.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the re- election campaign did not call the shots as to which stations the president talks to.

"The campaign doesn't weigh in on it. We make our decisions on where the president should give interviews right here at the White House," said Carney at the White House daily briefing.

The White House has planned a series of events for Obama as Congress goes into a two-week recess. The president is traveling to northern Virginia Tuesday for a town hall meeting. He then goes west for a town hall Wednesday at Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. He'll end the western tour with a town hall in Reno, Nevada on Thursday. He is also looking to seize the momentum in the spending fight with House Republicans.

Source: Xinhua
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