Obama to focus on economy in Minnesota visit next week

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President Obama plans a trip to Minnesota next week.

The White House says the president will focus on the economy during an appearance in the Twin Cities on Wednesday but released no other details, the Pioneer Press reports.

The newspaper notes it will be Obama's first trip to the state since February of last year, when he came to Minneapolis to call for steps to curb gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

While it's been awhile since the president was here, Vice-President Joe Biden was just in Minneapolis for the second time this month. Before attending a private fundraising event, Biden stopped at a coffee shop Wednesday to thank Minnesotans who have supported the Affordable Care Act.

In early February Biden attended a memorial service for Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice-President Walter Mondale.

Obama's appearance comes at a time when his popularity among Minnesotans seems to have faded. In a recent Star Tribune poll 43 percent of respondents approved of the president's job performance. Obama carried Minnesota in both of his presidential elections and The Hill notes it's the first time a poll has shown him with a negative approval rating in the state.

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