Barack Obama

Obama to Deal with Deficit by Campaigning for Tax Hikes

Trying to build public support for his deficit reduction plan

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The White House plans an aggressive public campaign to build support for its approach to reduce the deficit through tax increases and spending cuts, a sharp contrast to its private talks with Republicans that faltered last year.

President Barack Obama will meet with labor leaders Tuesday and a number of chief executives on Wednesday, in an effort to solidify backing for his proposals.