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President Barack Obama holds forth at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday.
President Barack Obama didn’t exactly have the numbers on his side Thursday when he told voters in Kansas City, Mo., that, economically speaking, “we’re headed in the right direction.” But that’s what he said as he attempted to get local voters to consider throwing in for Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan, and he planned to do much the same in Nevada later in the day for embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But if these economic policies were actually working, wouldn’t more Americans be working, too? —KA
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Obama also has been trying to get voters to buy a message he himself acknowledges is a tough sell — that things would be a lot worse if last year’s $862 billion stimulus bill hadn’t been passed. Obama plans additional remarks on the economy on Friday while in Nevada, at the University of Nevada.
Such pairing of official presidential events with campaign appearances has another benefit, too: it lets the White House bill the candidates’ campaigns for far less of the president’s travel costs, otherwise covered by taxpayers.
In Kansas City, Obama’s tone was sometimes aggrieved as he suggested he wasn’t getting credit for helping the economy.
“You wouldn’t know it from listening to folks but we cut taxes” for the middle-class, he said.
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