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September 24, 2012

Obama argues against 'top-down economics'

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama worked to squash GOP hopes for a resurgence of support in pivotal Wisconsin yesterday, pushing back against his GOP rival’s arguments against an overly intrusive government. Mitt Romney took precious time away from campaigning in the battleground states to troll for cash in California and kept up his criticism of the president for fostering a culture of dependency.

Obama faulted Romney for advancing a top-down economic approach that “never works.”

“The country doesn’t succeed when only the folks at the very top are doing well,” he said. “We succeed when the middle class is doing well.”

With just six weekends left before Election Day, both candidates were devoting considerable time to raising cash to continue bankrolling the deluge of ads already saturating hotly con

tested states.

Baseball great Hank Aaron supplied the star power at Obama’s Milwaukee fundraisers. “As one who wore the number 44 on his back for decades, I ask you to join me in helping the 44th president of the United States hit a grand slam,” said Aaron.

Romney, who is expected to launch a more aggressive campaign schedule in the coming week, hunted for West Coast cash, if not votes, at a private fundraiser near San Diego and headed for another in Los Angeles. Some Republicans have grumbled that he’s not spending enough time with voters in swing states, and Romn

ey seemed to take note of that sentiment.

“I’ve got good news: This is the last fundraiser in San Diego,” Romney told supporters. “I’m not even going to be able to go home today. We’re just coming to town to see you and keep the campaign going. It’s nonstop.”

Romney adviser Kevin Madden said the GOP nominee would begin “a really intense battleground state schedule.” The former Massachusetts governor will campaign in Colorado, Ohio and Virginia in the coming week.

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