Obama fences, parries at start of Midwestern tour

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama speaks about exports, jobs, and the economy, Wednesday, July 7, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama's Midwestern tour is offering a mix of offense and defense that signals both his
governing approach for the remainder of his term and the evolution
of a campaign message for his re-election bid.
Obama is using the reach of his office to build public pressure
on Republicans to move his way on economic and fiscal policies, to
counterpunch against the GOP presidential field, and to argue for
his presidency with independent voters and Democrats alike.
On Tuesday, the second day of a three-day trip, he is to promote
rural economic policies, among a series of remedies he is pushing
to fire up anemic job growth. Obama is encouraging his audiences to
demand that members of Congress act or else be voted out of office.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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