Obama Widens Campaign for Tax Compromise to Swing States
President Barack Obama is extending his campaign on behalf of the compromise agreement on tax cuts with interviews on local television stations in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Ohio, Colorado.
Obama is seeking to overcome resistance among some House Democrats to the deal with Republicans, which would keep in place Bush-era tax cuts and extend federal aid to the long-term unemployed. The president plans to talk about the “urgent need” to pass the plan, according to a White House statement.
He will be interviewed by reporters from WSYX in Columbus, Ohio; KUSA in Denver, Colorado; KCCI in Des Moines, Iowa; and WFLA, a station in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, according to the statement.
The Senate plans a procedural vote today that would clear the way for action on the legislation tomorrow on the agreement between Obama and Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels for two years. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said today he expects the House will pass the measure as well, even as some Democrats are pushing for changes to the agreement.
The president has said that the compromise, though not perfect, is the best option to ensure tax cuts are extended for middle-income Americans.
The local television interviews are the latest steps the administration has taken to rally support. On Dec. 10, he brought former President Bill Clinton to the White House, where he held an impromptu press conference to voice his support for the deal.
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