Obama Advertising In, Flying Across Iowa
Barack Obama is spending most of this week in Iowa, as reported by washingtonpost.com's award-winning Campaign Tracker. But as The Post's Dan Balz reports in sister blog The Trail, Obama's schedule "was not supposed to include a stop Tuesday night in the Des Moines airport." But, "sometimes even in tightly scheduled presidential campaigns, the best-laid travel plans end up with a candidate about 100 miles away from where he needs to be."
Sen. Obama later told Dan and other reporters what happened:
Meanwhile, Obama's campaign is airing a new ad in the Hawkeye State, called "High and Dry." It's about the senator's proposals to strengthen retirement security. The 30-second spot stars David Hartgrave, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His pension "was raided" the campaign says, when his company's directors pulled $19 million from the company pension fund.
"Barack Obama's going to look out for me," Hartgrave says.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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