President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at The Associated Press luncheon during the ASNE Convention, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is aiming his weekly media message at young voters, characterizing Republicans as a hindrance to an affordable college education.
It's a look-ahead to what he'll say as he visits university campuses next week in states crucial to his re-election.
Obama wants Congress to extend a law that cut interest rates on a popular federal loan program for low- and middle-income undergraduates. If the law expires, the rates will double on July 1, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
Republicans stuck to their guns on Obama's energy policy. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says Obama is focusing on the wrong issues, and one they should be zeroed in on is high gas prices.
He pressed Obama to drop his opposition to a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline.