The Cabinet's Road Trips Go Rural
Cabinet secretaries were first dispatched earlier this year to take the temperature of middle class Americans. Then they celebrated Earth Day and hit the road to mark the first 100 days of the economic stimulus. More recently, they've put in time at community service projects across the country.
Now some of the executive branch's managers will visit rural communities over the summer to tout the administration's plans for those areas of the country.
But don't be fooled: These visits are all happening in presidential swing states and other corners of the country where their mere presence might sway some skeptical minds. Cabinet secretaries will visit Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and New Mexico -- all states frequently visited last year by Barack Obama and John McCain. They will also visit three traditional red states: Louisiana, Alaska and Nebraska.
With these newly announced trips added to the mix, it appears Ohio has received the most White House-sponsored Cabinet visits. Frequent trips to the Buckeye State should come as no surprise, considering its bellwether status. The New Orleans region also has received at least three trips, mostly for hurricane relief-themed events. Virginia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have had at least two visits each from two or more secretaries. Cabinet secretaries have made several solo appearances in these and several other Midwestern and Southwestern states, as well.
The full White House rural tour schedule appears below:
Vice President Joe Biden, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack travel to Wattsburg, Pa. (near Erie) to discuss rural broadband.
Transportation Ray LaHood and Vilsack scheduled to travel to La Crosse, Wis. to discuss rural economic development.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Vilsack scheduled to travel to Ringgold, Va. to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on weatherization and carbon sequestration.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Vilsack are scheduled to travel to St. John’s Parish, La. to discuss rural healthcare.
Chu, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Vilsack are scheduled to visit Bethel, Alaska to discuss rural infrastructure, green jobs and a new energy economy and climate change.
Salazar and Vilsack are scheduled to visit Zanesville, Ohio to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on renewable energies.
Duncan and Vilsack are scheduled to visit Hamlet, N.C. to discuss rural education.
Salazar and Vilsack are scheduled to visit Scottsbluff, Neb. to discuss production agriculture.
Donovan and Vilsack are scheduled to visit Las Cruces, N.M. to discuss rural infrastructure.
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