01 Jan '12, 9pm

Obama to target Congress in re-election campaign

HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is heading into his re-election campaign with plans to step up his offensive against an unpopular Congress, concluding that he cannot pass any major legislation this year because of Republican hostility towards his agenda. Mr Obama's election-year strategy is an attempt to capitalise on his recent victory on a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and on his rising poll numbers. As the stage is set for November, he intends to hammer the theme of economic justice for ordinary Americans rather than continue his legislative battles with congressional Republicans, said Mr Joshua Earnest, the President's deputy press secretary, previewing the White House's strategy. "In terms of the President's relationship with Congress in 2012," Mr Earnest said at a briefing, "the President is no longer tied to Washington, DC." Winning a full-year exten...

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