President Obama to address economy during Twin Cities visit
February 20, 2014 — 3:45pm
President Obama will visit the Twin Cities area on Wednesday for an event to discuss the economy, according to a White House official.
Obama’s visit will come at a time when a growing number of Minnesotans have expressed dissatisfaction with his performance as president. A Star Tribune Minnesota poll conducted last week found his job approval in the state has fallen to 43 percent.
The numbers are a sharp change from April 2009, when 62 percent of those polled said they liked how Obama was running the country.
Obama’s trip to the Twin Cities will come a week after Vice President Joe Biden visited Minneapolis to attend a Democratic fundraiser and meet with residents to discuss the Affordable Care Act.
Obama last visited Minnesota in February 2013 to pitch his plan to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
A White House official said details about next week’s visit will be released in the coming days.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton plans to portray Republican Donald Trump as an erratic and unfit steward of the nation's economy, returning to Ohio to press the case that workers would bear the brunt of the business mogul's policies.
The Obama administration selected a Los Angeles group Monday to lead an effort aimed at making manufacturing companies more competitive globally by helping them consume less energy and produce less pollution.