Lewis Diuguid

Obama’s political strategy in targeting rural Missouri for speech on Wednesday

At first it didn’t seem to make much sense that President Barack Obama would want to waste his time in Missouri, speaking on Wednesday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

After all, Missouri is a red state, voting against Obama in 2008 and 2012. Warrensburg also is part of the 4th District, which elected tea party Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler. But perhaps there is more political strategy in Obama’s thinking in picking this state and a rural Republican to target.

Obama is to talk on the economy with a particular focus on rural America. In case you haven’t heard, that part of the country is hurting just as much as urban cores are. In Warrensburg, Obama should have a rural audience.

But Missouri also will give the president a chance to talk about issues that folks’ Republican representatives aren’t addressing. In other words, Obama can show up these Congress members in their own backyard, explaining that these elected officials aren’t doing their jobs.

On Wednesday, we will find out just what the president is up to.