DAVENPORT, Iowa — In an interview that the White House originally insisted be kept off-the-record, President Obama told an Iowa newspaper that he’s “confident” he will achieve immigration reform next year if he’s re-elected.
“Since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt,” Mr. Obama told the editor and publisher of the Des Moines Register in a 30-minute phone call. “Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.”
The president held a campaign rally in Iowa Wednesday morning, his 10th visit to the battleground state this year. “This is where the movement for change began,” he told about 3,500 cheering supporters at the Mississippi Valley fairgrounds, referring to his victory four years ago.
It was his first stop on a 48-hour blitz of six battleground states as the campaign enters its final two weeks.