Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) travels to Iowa, the first presidential caucus state, on Sept. 17 to raise money for two Iowa Democrats. The trip comes in the context of growing speculation about the freshman Obama's White House ambitions.
Obama will head to an annual steak fry hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Ia.), who invited Obama on the Senate floor. The fish fry, in Indianola, is a must stop for any Democrat even mulling a White House run.
On the same swing, Obama will stop in the Quad Cities (they straddle the Illinois-Iowa border) to raise money for a House candidate.
Obama is keeping up a steady pace raising money--and collecting chits--for other Democratic candidates and causes. On Tuesday, at a steak house in Washington, Obama was the keynote at a funder for the House Democratic politican operation--headed by pal Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to raise money for Emanuel's ``Red to Blue'' program--targeting GOP districts Dems have the best chance to grab in November.
And as long as we are going there....Obama has no New Hampshire travel on his schedule.
The Iowa trip comes 12 days after a scheduled tour of Africa and a few weeks before a media blitz associated with the publication of his second book.