Barack Obama

Obama to Deal with Deficit by Campaigning for Tax Hikes

Trying to build public support for his deficit reduction plan


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.