"The president is seeing all the Republicans are soaking up all the media here this week, so it's perfectly calculated," said Iowa pollster Ann Selzer of Obama's Midwest trip. "He needs to reclaim more of the bully pulpit, more command of the media attention on his own turf."
Polls show Iowans remain supportive of Obama, giving him an above average 49-percent job approval rating, according to a recent Gallup survey. He won the state by a roughly 10 percentage point margin against John McCain in 2008.
But state Republicans and many of the presidential candidates circling through the state insist Obama won't be able to win Iowa again.
The president "won't carry Iowa in November 2012," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a crowd in Pella, Iowa, Wednesday. "He won't carry Iowa because Iowans recognize that his presidency has failed." Romney added, "I think I'll win it if I'm the nominee."