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Obama's "forward agenda" hard to garner 2008 support

By Sun Hao (Xinhua)

08:40, September 04, 2012

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Now it is the turn for U.S. President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. After Republicans tried "reinventing" their presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the party convention, Obama will his own big moment to present what he called "a new path" with no vague messages during upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

However, this time around, Obama would have difficulty re- igniting voters' enthusiasm with a "forward" agenda as he did four years ago chanting "hope" and "change".


Obama will pay a visit to the storm-damaged state of Louisiana on Monday, where Romney took a detour last Friday right after accepting his party's nomination on Thursday night. With official business sandwiched between campaign events, the president has immersed himself in a four-day campaign tour "Road to Charlotte" starting from last Saturday, as a warming up for the upcoming convention. The campaign tour included visits to Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, and Virginia, all of which are swing states that will play a "pivotal role" in a close election, in the words of Obama's campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

During these stops, Obama repeatedly touted his success in cutting taxes, expanding health care, delivering education assistance and bringing U.S. troops back from decade-long wars.

He also seized the opportunity rebutting the "It's Obama's fault" argument that had been frequently used by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his fellow party members during their party convention in Tampa, Florida last week. However, the big moment of Obama's acceptance speech this coming Thursday night in Charlotte will remain the focus.

"Now, on Thursday night, I'm going to offer you what I believe is a better path forward -- a path that will grow this economy and create more jobs and strengthen the middle class. And the good news is you get to choose the path we take," said Obama at a campaign rally at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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