Obama’s West Coast Schedule: Presidential Business in Nevada, Colorado; Campaign-Only in California

October 24, 2011 - 12:46 PM
President Barack Obama

In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s three-day West Coast swing through Nevada, California and Colorado – three states with high unemployment – are not viewed equally based on the White House schedule released thus far with regards to separating campaign events and official presidential business.

Obama will be promoting his jobs agenda, or the American Jobs Act, in Las Vegas on Monday and in Denver on Wednesday. However, in California, Obama will only be doing campaign events in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He will also make an appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Nevada and Colorado have traditionally been swing states in presidential races, as both went to George W. Bush in 2004, but went to Obama in 2008. California, however, has voted Democrat in every presidential election starting in 1992 and is not expected to be competitive in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Presidential events have been open to the public. Campaign events at this stage have usually been fundraising events, not open to the general public.

Unemployment in Nevada went from 9.9 percent when Obama took office to 13.4 percent currently, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, the state reportedly has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation.

The unemployment rate in California went from 9.7 percent before Obama took office to 11.9 percent. In Colorado, unemployment increased from 6.8 percent before Obama took office to 8.3 percent.

On Monday, Obama is scheduled to speak in Las Vegas at a campaign event in the Bellagio Hotel shortly after his arrival at 1:05 p.m. Pacific time. At 2:30 p.m. Pacific, he will deliver remarks at a private residence about his jobs proposal and plans to help more Americans refinance their mortgage through executive branch agencies in lieu of action by Congress, where the Democrat-controlled Senate twice rejected his jobs proposals.

On Wednesday, the White House schedule said the president will speak about his jobs agenda in Denver. Also, ABC News reported that in the Denver speech, he will announce rules to make it easier to pay off student loans.

However, in California – according to the White House week-ahead schedule – Obama will be participating only in campaign events.

“In the evening [Monday], the President will participate in campaign events in Los Angeles and spend the night there,” the White House schedule says. “On Tuesday morning, the President will tape an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno before departing for San Francisco. In San Francisco, the President will participate in a campaign event.”