Obama calls for Bush tax cut extensions for those making less than $250,000


Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year.

“I believe prosperity comes from an economy that’s built on a strong and growing middle class,” Obama said at the White House, with people described as working Americans standing behind him.

In addition, an Obama campaign official said the president’s re-election team will “amplify the president’s message on middle-class tax cuts” by hosting a series of events in battleground states all week across the country.

In Las Vegas, for example, local elected officials will discuss Obama’s efforts to fight for the middle class, the campaign official said. In Colorado, Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio and state Sen. Gail Schwartz will hold a news conference to discuss the contrasting economic visions of Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The Obama campaign seeks to frame the November contest as a race between the president’s policies intended to help restore middle class opportunity versus Romney’s policies that it says would primarily benefit corporations and wealthy Americans.

Read More at CNN. By Jessica Yellin.

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