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Republicans will make US a ‘Third World country’: Obama

CHICAGO – US President Barack Obama accused his Republican foes of wanting to turn the US into a “third world” country on Thursday as he rallied support for his re-election campaign. The attack came a day after Obama savaged Republican budget plans and unveiled his $4-trillion deficit reduction drive that aims to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in order to preserve for key social services.
The debate over fiscal policy will prove critical to the 2012 campaign and Obama sought to frame it as a “stark choice” between investing in the future or watching the country fall apart.”Under their vision, we can’t invest in roads and bridges and broadband and high-speed rail,” Obama told a select group of the Democratic faithful at the second of three fundraising events in his hometown of Chicago.
“I mean, we would be a nation of potholes, and our airports would be worse than places that we thought – that we used to call the Third World, but who are now investing in infrastructure.” Republicans plans to shrink the reach of government is “not a vision that’s impelled by the numbers” but a “choice” to give a trillion dollars in tax breaks to the rich rather than ask those who’ve been “blessed” to “give a little more.”
Obama said his vision is of an ambitious, compassionate, and caring America “where we’re living within our means but we’re still investing in our future”.”If we apply some practical common sense to this, we can solve our fiscal challenges and still have the America that we believe in,” Obama told supporters at Chicago’s N9ne restaurant.
“That’s what this budget debate is going to be about. And that’s what the 2012 campaign is going to be about.”The events in Chicago were Obama’s first fundraisers since he officially launched his bid for a second term on April 4 and were expected to raise about two million dollars. Analysts predict Obama – who raised a record $750 million ahead of the 2008 election – will build a billion-dollar war chest this time around. Money won’t be enough to win, senior adviser and 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe told a crowd of 2,300 supporters gathered in a ballroom at Navy Pier ahead of Obama’s speech.
“If only the people who normally vote in presidential elections vote in this election it will be too close,” Plouffe said as he urged supporters to get more people involved in the campaign. “You’ve got to get these people to get involved and to vote so we can make sure that we succeed in this election.”
Obama established his 2012 campaign headquarters in Chicago, the first time a presidential re-election campaign was not based in Washington.
He told supporters it was so the campaign would be “rooted in your hopes and rooted in your dreams” instead of influenced by Washington pundits and powerbrokers.Obama reminded the cheering crowd of the sense of hope and possibility they felt when they celebrated his election as the first African American US president in Chicago’s Grant Park.



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