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Obama agenda: Trying to win back hearts in the heartland

“Trading Washington’s hothouse for states critical to his reelection prospects, President Obama is headed to the Midwest after a summer of discontent over a protracted debt showdown with Republicans and the downgrade in the nation’s credit rating,” the AP writes.

“President Obama, itching to spend more time outside of Washington, begins a three-day bus tour of the Midwest on Monday afternoon in Minnesota,” The Hill adds, calling the trip to Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois “essentially the first campaign swing of his 2012 reelection effort.”

Bracketing Obama: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has his own bus tour. And the RNC is putting up radio ads in Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.