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Obama sets sights on winning NC in November

Posted July 9, 2012
Updated July 10, 2012

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— President Barack Obama said Monday that he plans to "fight for every vote" in North Carolina to put the state in his column in the November election.

In an exclusive interview with WRAL News, Obama also defended his efforts to boost the U.S. economy and said that plans to cut defense spending wouldn't involve closing military bases.

North Carolina is among a handful of battleground states in the fall election, and Obama said he's not discouraged by polls that show Republican candidate Mitt Romney with a narrow lead in the Tar Heel State.

"There are a lot of ways that we can win, but I just like North Carolina, so I want to win North Carolina really badly," he said. "Obviously, if we win North Carolina, I think we're in good shape for a second term."

The president said he plans to focus on differentiating his philosophy from the approach backed by the former Massachusetts governor and congressional Republicans. He wants to emphasize investing in education, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and developing a strategy to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

"Ultimately, I want to work with everybody who believes that we're all in this together," he said. "I don't think that's a Democratic or Republican idea – that's an American idea. That's how we've grown in the past, and I think that's how we'll grow in the future."

One of he proposals is to revise the tax code to make it fairer for middle- and working-class Americans. On Monday, he called for a one-year extension of tax cuts first approved under President George W. Bush for people making less than $250,000 a year.

He said he would veto any attempt to extend the cuts to people above that income level, saying the country cannot afford the estimated $1 trillion price tag. Giving wealthy people a tax cut could harm efforts to boost small businesses with their own tax cut or to help students trying to repay their loans, he said. Debra Morgan with President Obama Web only: Obama dicusses economy, defense, campaign

"What I've been consistently focused on is how to we grow the middle class? How do we bring manufacturing back to the U.S.? How do we make sure that not only are good jobs created but that they also pay a decent wage so that people can support themselves?" he said.

North Carolina's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high – at 9.4 percent in May, it's the fourth-highest in the nation – but Obama said it takes time to repair the damage of the recession. He said his policies, including expanding worker training at community colleges and giving credits to companies that bring jobs back to the U.S., will help the economy over time.

Obama also said his administration will "keep the faith" with the men and women in the armed forces when it comes to cuts in defense spending, and he said he expects Congress will approve the plan.

"The Pentagon and secretary of defense have come up with a smart plan that slows the growth of the military but does so in a responsible way," he said. "It does not involve shutdowns of critical facilities in North Carolina."

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  • 22twain Jul 13, 2012

    Looks Like Debra Morgan got the tour of the White House and Obama gave the interview to Charlie Rose who could ask some serious questions instead of posing with the dog.

  • ladyblue Jul 11, 2012

    I agree. This ACA was a republican concept but because it's Obama doing it they cry 'biggest tax hike' and other lies. 2009 was the lowest (federal) tax rate in 30 years.

    Open your eyes, people.
    Mon Account

    My eyes are open but since you seem so intelligent, I'll let you do the math. take those people making over $250,000. they are having their taxes increased AUTOMATICALLY with the bush tax credit dropped and then they are having their taxes increased again with obmacare. so any way you look at that, it is double taxation... A NO NO in the in the reading of the constitution. but then with those blinders on it seems some don't mind stealing from others to give to some...and i want you to show the backup reference for the lowest taxes in 30 years history in 2009 as i couldn't find it under anything factual....

  • ladyblue Jul 11, 2012

    GOOD LUCK i've not met but 2 in last 6 months that says they'll vote for you

  • beachboater Jul 11, 2012

    "call it SOCIALISM, and a TAX"

    Uh........ I think Obama himself said this is NOT a tax, until Obama said THIS IS A TAX. Being a TAX was the only thing that got it by the Supreme Court.

    And that is not counting the tax hikes that are not health care related. Does anyone remember the 1099 reporting fiasco included in the original bill?

    A bill that was supposed to be transparent and posted on the internet before it was voted on that actually was drafted in Harry Reid's office. And a bill that NOBODY has read. A bill that when considered by the Supreme Court, the justices said that to read it would be cruel and unusual punishment?

    A health care plan that will require the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to check compliance. A bill that makes health care more expensive.

    For those that think ObamaCare is good, please quote some passages that are great that you picked up "WHEN YOU READ THE BILL." A bill that then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said,"We have to hurry up and pass

  • beachboater Jul 11, 2012

    OBAMA, has my VOTE!!! BritBrat

    BritBrat - I would be ashamed to shout that out.

  • beachboater Jul 11, 2012

    "2009 was the lowest (federal) tax rate in 30 years.

    Open your eyes, people." Mon Account

    Got something, anything to back that up without using "creative" (government) accounting?

  • beachboater Jul 11, 2012

    "He wants to emphasize investing in education, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and developing a strategy to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil."

    ALL of these cost money. Money that we do not have. His comment about not closing NC military bases is pure politics.

    Obama must go. I can promise I will fight just as hard to keep him out and he will fight to keep his job.

    Someone else mentioned, Obama has a nasty habit of putting effective dates after the election, mainly Obamacare.

  • BritBrat Jul 11, 2012

    OBAMA, has my VOTE!!!

  • short Jul 11, 2012

    Obama...give us a break. What was it you said about unemployment and the economy and cutting the deficit...if its not fix'd you would not deserve another term? Well, they are not fixed. What's that saying.......Fool me once, shame on you .....fool me twice........Not this time.

  • Mon Account Jul 10, 2012

    " [republican] H Y P O C R I T E S" - bigal02282

    I agree. This ACA was a republican concept but because it's Obama doing it they cry 'biggest tax hike' and other lies. 2009 was the lowest (federal) tax rate in 30 years.

    Open your eyes, people.

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