ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: With just five weeks until the midterm elections, President Obama will target the House Republican “Pledge To America” during three backyard conversations on his upcoming trip.
In addition to discussing the economy at each stop, the president will tackle education, taxes, deficits, and the middle class during stops in Albuquerque, NM, Des Moines, Iowa and Richmond, Va. Each stop will have a different, specific focus.
The president will “talk about some of the things we’ve done in these areas and why he thinks the direction the Republicans are pushing to go would be irresponsible, would be a mistake,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told reporters on a conference call this afternoon.
The president will start with education at an event tomorrow in Albuquerque. “The Republicans are proposing one of, if not the largest cut in education’s history,” Pfeiffer said, estimating there will be eight million college students who would have their aid reduced under the Republican plan.
In Des Moines on Wednesday the president will highlight the impact of the GOP’s proposals for the middle class. “In particular, a return to the era of recklessness and irresponsibility by cutting rules and oversight for special interests like big oil, insurance companies, credit card and mortgage companies,” Pfeiffer explained. “This would represent a disturbing return to a set of rules that helped create the financial crisis we’re in.”
Obama is also expected to touch on Social Security and Medicare. According to Pfeiffer, “one notable thing about the Republican plan is not just what they talk about, it’s what they don’t talk about. The pledge glides over plans to privatize Social Security and Medicare, two things that have been an important part of the Republican agenda in the past and there’s no indication it won’t be part of that in the future.”
Later in the day, the president will turn his focus to taxes and the deficit at a stop in Richmond. “Let’s be very clear, if you like deficits, you will love the Republican plan,” Pfeiffer said.
Despite highlighting key differences between the Democrats and Republicans, Pfeiffer was adamant that the president is not campaigning. “These three backyard visits are not campaign visits,” he said.