GREEN BAY - There are several reasons people say the President is coming toGreen Bay. Some say it's a mid-size community that offers thePresident a glimpse of middle America. While others say it's aswing area in a swing state.
When President Barack Obama comes to Southwest High School inGreen Bay on Thursday, he will be holding his 10th town hallmeeting as president.
Most, but not all, have been in so-called "swing states", likeFlorida, Indiana and New Mexico. He held one in Missouri, a statehe lost by fewer than 4,000 votes. But Obama has also held townhalls in democratic strongholds, including two in California andone in Washington D.C.
"This is a key area of the state for any political figure," saidJason Stephany, executive director of the Democratic Party ofWisconsin. He said the decision to come to Green Bay is more thanpolitical.
"(Obama) knows this is an area of the state where a lot ofworking families are dealing with the same issues he's been focusedon both in the campaign and in his presidency," Stephany said.
Wisconsin is often referred to as a swing state but has gone tothe Democrats every presidential election since 1988. Obama did winBrown County in 2008. But that was only the second time in 40 yearsa democratic presidential candidate won Brown County. The other,was Bill Clinton in 1996.
Republican strategist Mark Graul helped organized several visitsto Wisconsin by former President George W. Bush. He says Obama'supcoming trip makes a lot of sense.
"When we used to look at places for Bush to go Green Bay wasalways an attractive place to go because usually it's a pretty easyplace to get around," Graul said. "You can usually find a goodplace to go and it is the second biggest media market in the state.You touch a lot of people in the state. It impacts a lot ofpeople."
Tim Dale, a political science professor at the University ofWisconsin-Green Bay said Green Bay is the type of place that cangive Obama a taste of the rest of the country.
"This place politically resonates with the kind of voters thatObama needs to keep talking to through hid first term in office,"Dale said.
President Obama has also held a few unconventional town hallmeetings. In March, he held an online town hall meeting. In April,he held a town hall meeting in France.
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