President Obama’s Purple State Tour

Feb 19, 2009 7:54am

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny points out that, with the exception of Arizona yesterday, the states President Obama has been barn-storming in the last couple weeks have been ones that tended to vote Republican in presidential elections but opted for Obama in 2008.

"A trend is emerging in President Obama’s out-of-the-gate travel itinerary: Top billing has been given to states that turned from red to blue in the fall," Zeleny writes. "So far this year, Mr. Obama has visited Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Virginia and Colorado…"

A White House spokesman says of this trend that "it is a coincidence."

But that doesn’t seem right.

Truth is, the economic decline has hit these states hard. That’s largely what helped turn them blue.

And it makes sense that the President Obama would visit states that illustrate his economic message of the day.

Why deny that?

Curious.

– jpt

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