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Obama's Iowa Bus Tour -- by the Numbers

Obama's Iowa Bus Tour -- by the Numbers

By Alexis Simendinger - August 16, 2012


3 . . . Days on the road

471 . . . Miles traversed by Obama’s black bus, dubbed Ground Force One

7 . . . Official speech events (plus visits to drought-afflicted farm and a wind-turbine farm)

7 . . . Unannounced “surprise” photo ops (at eateries, a pub, the Iowa State Fair, a school)

15,793 . . . Total estimated attendees at official events, as calculated by various fire marshals

6 . . . Number of Electoral College votes at stake

3 . . . Key policy issues showcased with Iowa voters in mind (drought; wind energy; Medicare)

1 . . . Political message (“fundamentally different vision” than GOP ticket)

5 . . . Separate interviews with Obama conducted by local outlets and national entertainment media

27,500 . . . Number of jobs created in Iowa since March 2010, when recession officially ended, according to the Obama campaign

3  . . . Jokes about Mitt Romney’s former dog Seamus

1 . . . Comment about First Dog Bo

0 . . . Mentions of Vice President Biden in speeches

14 . . . References to “Congressman Ryan”

72 . . . References to “Gov. Romney”

13 . . . References to Medicare

0 . . . Inches of rainfall during Obama events

2 . . . Iowa rivers used as backdrops for Obama events

2 . . .  Introductory speeches by Michelle Obama

0 . . . Number of neckties worn by the president

6 . . . Mentions of Republican “trickle-down fairy dust,” “trickle-down snake oil,” and “trickle-down theory” 

Alexis Simendinger covers the White House for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at asimendinger@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @ASimendinger.

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