(Image source: White House Flickr)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR: ZACH TOOMBS


  
You’d think it was still election season. As Congress remains gridlocked over a way to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama is back on a campaign trail of sorts, looking to garner public support for his own tax agenda. Fox News’ Shepard Smith has the details.
 
“The White House says President Obama is taking his case to the people, meeting with small business leaders today, middle class families tomorrow, and hitting the road for a campaign-style rally on Friday.”
  
The president is turning to the public in hopes of persuading Congress to allow tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and extend tax cuts for middle-class families. This, as more congressional Republicans now appear open to considering an increase in tax revenue.
 
And with the 2011 debt ceiling battle fresh in lawmakers’ minds, the White House’s strategy of going-public seems markedly more aggressive than it was a year ago. A writer for The New Republic explains why.
 
“The obvious answer is that [Obama] can be. The economy is stronger, his job approval numbers are higher, and he just won reelection with votes to spare. Also, Republicans simply don't have the policy leverage they did previously.”
  
But will the PR-blitz pay off? The New York Times’ Peter Baker suggests it won’t.


“[H]is strategy could … exacerbate partisan tensions at a time when voters have said in polls that they want the two sides to work together to fix the nation’s finances.”

That isn’t to say Republicans aren’t embracing the same campaign-style tactics. House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday GOP lawmakers will be holding a series of events with small business owners in Washington and in their home districts.

The last face-to-face meeting between Obama and congressional leaders was November 16.

Obama Takes Fiscal Cliff Message To The Public

by Elizabeth Hagedorn
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Nov 27, 2012

Obama Takes Fiscal Cliff Message To The Public

(Image source: White House Flickr)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR: ZACH TOOMBS


  
You’d think it was still election season. As Congress remains gridlocked over a way to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama is back on a campaign trail of sorts, looking to garner public support for his own tax agenda. Fox News’ Shepard Smith has the details.
 
“The White House says President Obama is taking his case to the people, meeting with small business leaders today, middle class families tomorrow, and hitting the road for a campaign-style rally on Friday.”
  
The president is turning to the public in hopes of persuading Congress to allow tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and extend tax cuts for middle-class families. This, as more congressional Republicans now appear open to considering an increase in tax revenue.
 
And with the 2011 debt ceiling battle fresh in lawmakers’ minds, the White House’s strategy of going-public seems markedly more aggressive than it was a year ago. A writer for The New Republic explains why.
 
“The obvious answer is that [Obama] can be. The economy is stronger, his job approval numbers are higher, and he just won reelection with votes to spare. Also, Republicans simply don't have the policy leverage they did previously.”
  
But will the PR-blitz pay off? The New York Times’ Peter Baker suggests it won’t.


“[H]is strategy could … exacerbate partisan tensions at a time when voters have said in polls that they want the two sides to work together to fix the nation’s finances.”

That isn’t to say Republicans aren’t embracing the same campaign-style tactics. House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday GOP lawmakers will be holding a series of events with small business owners in Washington and in their home districts.

The last face-to-face meeting between Obama and congressional leaders was November 16.

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