AP News
Posted: Sep 06, 2012 11:04 PM

Pushing back against Republican criticism of him as a big-government liberal, President Barack Obama said he realizes government can't solve all of the nation's problems.

Churches and charities can often make more of a difference than just a poverty program, he said, and people who refuse to help themselves shouldn't get handouts.

"But we don't think that government is the source of all our problems - any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we're told to blame for our troubles," Obama told the cheering crowd of delegates.

"Because we understand that this democracy is ours," he said.

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