WASHINGTON, July 5 – President Obama’s re-election campaign is soliciting supporters to enlist in a “Rural Americans for Obama” committee and has added a section to its web site that lays out its claims for the president’s achievements on agricultural and rural issues.

An email sent this week by Erin Hannigan, Rural Americans Vote director at the campaign organization, Obama for America, tells supporters that Obama was raised by a single mother and grandparents from Kansas “to believe in a simple American value: If you're willing to work hard, you can make a good life for yourself and a better one for your kids. The president has been working to make that a reality again in rural communities.”

She described the committee as “a new group of Americans coming together to support the president in the final four months of this race. As the campaign heats up, he needs our support more than ever.” Among the accomplishments cited in the email and on the web site:

In urging members to “sign up today to be part of this special community,” the campaign says that it will “keep you in the loop about news and events relevant to you.”

While the web site focuses more on economic development in rural areas, it also lays out a record in agriculture. “Under President Obama, American farmers are seeing record-high farm income; record-high agricultural exports and millions of acres enrolled in conservation programs. Agriculture is now one of the fastest-growing parts of our economy, creating one out of every 12 American jobs.” The web site is at http://www.barackobama.com/rural-americans


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