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Official says Obama returning to Iowa

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NEWTON (KWWL) -- An aide says President Barack Obama plans to visit Iowa next week, marking his first presidential visit to the state that launched his campaign for the White House.

The White House aide says Obama plans to visit Newton next Wednesday with a focus on energy policy. The aide spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the official announcement from the White House.

So why Iowa?  Wind energy has tripled in the past three years.

The state has surpassed California in wind energy production, and now ranks 2nd out of all 50 states in wind energy, behind Texas.

In Newton, a city that had struggled after the closure of Maytag, you'll find two companies that are vital to keeping renewable-energy blowing.
Trinity Structural Towers makes wind turbine towers and created 160 jobs.
TPI Composites makes wind turbine-blades.  500 jobs were created there. Both companies are relatively new.

The trip will be a homecoming of sorts for Obama, who bet his hopes of winning the Democratic presidential nomination on a strong showing in Iowa's leadoff precinct caucuses. That bet paid off when Obama won in January 2008.

Online producer:  Adam Amdor

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