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(Washington, DC)  —    President Obama is hitting the road in the heartland to promote jobs. The President starts his three-day bus tour of several small towns in Minnesota today.  Obama then travels to Iowa Tuesday and Illinois Wednesday.  The President is scheduled to hold several town hall meetings to promote his job creation and economic policies.  Some political analysts say Obama’s reelection effort is most vulnerable on the jobs issue.  Meantime the president is weathering another hit in the polls. New numbers posted Sunday by Gallup show just 39 percent of Americans approve of the President’s job performance and 54 percent disapprove.  The approval rating sank below 40 percent for the first time in Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

The President’s approval rating has been hanging around the 40 percent mark for the majority of the year and had peaked at 53 percent in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death.  His approval rating started to sink while the debt ceiling debate was going on.

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