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President Barack Obama will launch a bus tour through the Midwest later this month to focus on job creation and economic growth, The New York Times reports.
The tour will take place during the week of August 15th, though individual stops have yet to be scheduled.
From the paper: “While Mr. Obama is hitting the road, White House officials said he would not promote the deal, about which he himself has said he has qualms. If anything, he seems likely to let the matter drop for at least a few days. As one senior aide said, ‘You want to let the acid out of the air after it’s over.'”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus called the trip political in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday morning, POLITICO reports. The trip will be run by the White House, not the president’s campaign committee.
“I think everything that the president does right now is political, and, obviously, he just so happens to be doing a bus tour through the Midwest, which is going to be a battleground for the election coming up in 2012,” Preibus said.
The Times added that Obama will hold town-hall meetings in September to talk Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the second round of deficit reduction talks.