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Obama will speak to students in Arlington on Friday

President Obama greets second-graders at Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Obama, on official presidential business, will speak to students and parents at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington about the need to “prevent interest rates on federal subsidized student loans from doubling on July 1,” according to the White House.

The president will hold a roundtable with seniors and their parents before delivering remarks to members of the junior and senior classes about the “importance of having a fair shot at an affordable higher education and the skills needed to land a good job,” according to the White House. His remarks are closed to the public.

He is a frequent visitor to the swing state, and last week his campaign announced that it would officially launch his reelection Saturday with a pair of rallies in Virginia and Ohio.

Both events will take place at colleges and continue the president’s focus on young voters. First lady Michelle Obama will join him.

The Republican National Committee was quick to criticize the president’s trip. “The truth is, after three years of failed promises and empty rhetoric, President Obama hasn’t delivered the jobs or the college affordability he promised to students,’’ RNC spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said. “With young Americans suffering disproportionately in the Obama economy, there are no lofty slogans or campaign events that can erase President Obama’s failed record with students.’’

This post has been updated since it was first published.



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