Obama pleads to voters: ‘Don’t give in to fear’

Aug 16th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Featured

In November, all 435 House seats, one-third of the Senate, and a majority of governor’s and legislative jobs will be on the ballot. Democrats now control the House and Senate, but the hurting economy has turned voters against incumbents.

Obama’s official agenda each day is to underline his efforts to jump-start the lumbering economy. That was his message at ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls, Wis., where he told workers they are helping rebuild America.

Before his plane even landed, White House spokesman Bill Burton offered unsolicited criticism of comments by Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, who was quoted as saying he wished Republicans had been to able to obstruct Obama even more. Obama later mocked McConnell’s words, too.

“Obstruct more? Is that even possible?” Obama said. “Apparently that’s their plan for the future: No we can’t.”

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart responded that Senate Republicans, “like most Americans,” opposed what he called a government takeover of health care. He stood behind GOP efforts to stop the stimulus and financial regulation bills, describing them as costly bills that won’t work as promised.

Democrats, particularly House candidates who have taken tough votes in support of Obama, have been clamoring for him to get more aggressive. But that comes at some risk for a president who pledged to change Washington’s tone as a candidate, then recommitted to doing it in his second year as president.

When asked if Obama was exacerbating the same partisanship he pledged to end, Burton was unapologetic, saying certain moments help make the choice stark for voters. “The president,” he said, “is happy to showcase those moments.”

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Associated Press writer Michael Blood in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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