US president Barack Obama has continued his campaign-style bus tour through America’s MidWest.
The area will be a key battleground for next year’s presidential election.
Obama stopped off in Decorah, Iowa on Monday evening to tell locals that he had the right polices to revive the flagging US economy.
He said that next month he would put forward “a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit.”
Republicans have described the president’s three-day trip through Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois as taxpayer funded re-election campaigning dressed up as public service.
With unemployment above nine percent, Obama’s strategy for creating jobs and growth is expected to be the central issue when Americans go to the polls in November 2012.