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Obama Floats 'Bipartisan Effort' in Tour of Red States

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 04:58 PM

President Barack Obama has been making more stops in solidly red states as the White House shifts its strategy in how to get some of the president's proposals through that may appeal to those across the aisle.

So far this year, Obama has made appearances in Idaho, Kansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona. And he has trips scheduled this week for Kentucky and Utah. In some cases, it's the first time Obama has visited some of these states since he took office, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

According to a senior White House official, the purpose of visiting all the red states is to show that there is support for his proposals in both red and blue states.

"The president felt like a lot of these ideas shouldn't be limited to the tumultuous partisan gridlock of Washington," the official said.

Obama visited Knoxville, Tennessee in early January to make a case for his plan to offer free community college tuition, which he reportedly modeled after a similar program introduced by the state's Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.
 
In a similar vein, Obama talked about his plan to enact new rules for payday lenders while in Birmingham, Alabama on March 26, which has been a hot topic among religious leaders in the region.

"I want to say that this is a bipartisan effort," Obama said, while speaking at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham.

"You've got some very conservative folks here in Alabama … they're reading their Bible. They're saying, 'well, that ain't right,' " he said about the lenders.

While Obama's bipartisan efforts haven't helped much back in Washington, he has also used his red state visits as an opportunity to criticize the Republican Party.

Republican strategist David Winston told The Journal that the location where Obama decides to deliver his message isn't as important as what he actually says.

"Wherever you are — if you're the president — the whole country is going to hear you," Mr. Winston said. "It still comes down to what you say."

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