Readers of The Daily Iowan at the University of Iowa got a surprise when they turned to the opinion page Friday -- a guest column from none other than Barak Obama.
In the column, the Democratic presidential candidate shares his positions on health care, the environment and student loans.
"I'm running to make college more affordable for any American who wants to go," the column says. "I've proposed a $4,000 a year refundable tax credit that will cover two-thirds of the tuition at the average public college or university. And I'll strengthen our community colleges by offering new degrees for emerging fields and rewarding schools that graduate more students.
On Dec. 4, the Iowa State Daily, the student newspaper at Iowa State University, endorsed Obama. "Obama has not been afraid to throw a lot of his time and resources into trying to invigorate the younger crowd," the editors wrote. "This strategy has failed other candidates in the past, but we appreciate Obama's commitment to the generation who will inherit the country."
The Dec. 14 guest column is a part of Obama's strategy to court the college student vote for the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. Earlier this month Obama caught some flak from his opponents for urging Iowa students living out of state to cut their holidays short and return to school so they could participate in the Iowa caucuses, according to an article in The Daily Iowan.