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Cabinet Secretaries Visit Purple States Next Week

By Ed O'Keefe

Continuing their dual roles as agency heads and loyal surrogates, several cabinet secretaries and senior officials next week will visit four Midwest states hit hard by the auto industry's collapse.

But they're also visiting four states considered "purple" during last year's election: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. While Obama defeated McCain in all four states, he lost all but Wisconsin to Hillary Rodham Clinton during the primaries.

Certainly all four states have felt the impact of the automotive collapse, but next week's trips mirror this week's jaunts to four other swing states to tout the goodness of the economic stimulus package. Just sayin'.

Here's next week's schedule, as provided by the White House Press Office:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis visits Romulus, Mich., Ypsilanti, Mich.and Toledo, Ohio.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills visit Dayton, Ohio and Mills will appear solo in Columbus.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu visits Fort Wayne, Ind.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visits Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Cleveland.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind.

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli makes appearances in Michigan

Dr. Ed Montgomery, director of recovery for auto communities and workers, will appear with Solis in Romulus and Ypsilanti.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Locke visits Lansing, Mich.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visits Columbus and Cincinnati

Montgomery will also make appearances to be announced.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits Milwaukee.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visits Indianapolis.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Racine County, Wisconsin

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 28, 2009; 4:55 PM ET
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