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.
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