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The Republican National Committee recently announced that it was filing a complaint about Mr. Obama’s travel to universities in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa this week and calling on Congress to stop student-loan rates from doubling as scheduled.

“The president felt strongly that we should intervene in student-loan rates doubling,” Mr. Axelrod said. “It’s not a distraction for students across the country … and Congress has begun to move on this issue, so the president has succeeded on moving the issue.”

The campaign also refused to elaborate on how they reimburse the federal government for the cost of flying on Air Force One and other military aircraft when they take trips that are partially political in nature.