Political scientist comments on Obama visit

From: Peoria Journal Star

Despite strategist David Axelrod’s affirmation that President Barack Obama’s three-day Midwestern swing wasn’t campaigning, political scientists aren’t buying it…

Andrew Civettini, an assistant political science professor at Knox College… said the trips to Iowa and Minnesota represented appearances in states considered crucial to an Obama re-election. Illinois, at this point, is considered a safe state for Obama…”But it plays well when he comes back to his home state,” Civettini said.

“Even when he was trounced in 1984, Walter Mondale still won Minnesota. It doesn’t hurt to end (the trip) in Illinois and try to get that extra bump,” Civettini said…