Republicans have relentlessly attacked the Obama record, arguing that the health care overhaul, increased regulation, and excessive spending have ensured high unemployment and increased a staggering national debt that threatens the country’s future. The Obama plan to increase taxes on the wealthy, they say, will retard future job growth. Romney himself has charged during the campaign that Obama’s view of economics is influenced by European-style democratic socialism, eliciting cries of protest from Democrats.
A broader challenge for Obama is to reconnect with the voters he once inspired, said Jim Jordan, a Democratic strategist and former Kerry presidential campaign manager.
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