Obama hits the road Thursday to talk college affordability
With his poll ratings down, President Barack Obama is taking a two-day road trip to show sympathy for those hit hard by rising university costs during his four-and-a-half-year tenure.
The trip will allow him to make three speeches in New York on Thursday, and speak at two town halls and at one speech in Pennsylvania on Friday.
“At each stop, the President will discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families,” a White House statement said.
The event may bump up his poll numbers prior to the high-stakes political fights this fall, when he’s expected to clash with the House GOP over spending. He’s also expected to push the GOP to pass a hotly contested bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the country.
Gallup reported Aug. 15 that Obama’s economic ratings have sunk to 35 percent, far less than the Democratic base of about 45 percent of the electorate. The 35 percent score is a sharp drop from June’s 42 percent rating.