Obama backers promote wind energy in Iowa

Supporters of President Obama on Wednesday and Thursday will try to draw a line between the president and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Obama favors the extension of a crucial wind tax credit, while Romney's camp has said the former Massachusetts governor wants to phase it out.

The Obama stump will include a group of wind industry Republicans who back the president.

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The president spoke in May at an Iowa wind energy manufacturing plant, where he urged Congress to extend a 2.2 cent-per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for wind power production.

Iowa has the second-most wind generating capacity in the country, and its politicians are solidly behind the wind industry. Even conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has pushed his colleagues to keep the wind tax credit.

Many in Iowa fear Romney could end that credit, which wind industry backers there say would kill jobs.

Obama won Iowa and its six electoral votes in the 2008 election.