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President Barack Obama continued his march to the left Sunday, unleashing a blistering attack against Republicans, charging them with trying to “cripple” America through what he called regressive policies.
“From the moment I took office,” he said, “what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make out economy work better and give people more opportunity.”
Republicans, Obama added, will “fundamentally cripple America” if their programs are enacted and their philosophy is followed.
Obama hammered his messages home on campaign swings through California and Seattle, appearing at events and fundraisers hosted by his most-liberal and richest supporters, including former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.
Shirley hosted a small gathering at his house where 66 guests shelled out $35,800 per couple to meet Obama.
The California stop is particularly important to Obama, who is losing ground in the state he won by 24 percentage points in 2008. With unemployment in the state now at 12.1 percent — second only to Nevada — Obama needs to fire up the state’s liberal base.
“Voters are looking for California to do something,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of California’s Field Poll, which recently showed Obama’s approval rating in the state down to 46 percent.
Sally Weldon, a Silocon Valley Californian who voted for Obama in 2008, told Capitol Hill Blue that she is not sure she will support him in 2012.
“He has been a big disappointment,” she said. “I’m thinking of trading up.”