WASHINGTON (AP) — A group backing President Barack Obama's agenda will air a national television ad bolstering Obama's economic vision just as the president strives for an edge in looming fiscal fights this fall.
Organizing for Action, a group formed out of Obama's re-election campaign, is launching the ad Friday and says it will air on cable TV stations for about two weeks.
Although the group is officially independent of the White House, Obama is the sole speaker in the ad, which uses clips from his economic speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill. That's where Obama kicked off a months-long attempt to spotlight his efforts on the economy and the middle class.
"Thanks to the grit, the resilience, the determination of the American people, we've been able to clear away the rubble from the financial crisis," Obama says over a montage of images of factory workers, solar panels and students. "But we're not there yet."
Obama calls for a long-term strategy to replace short-term thinking: less economic inequality, a higher minimum wage and better access to pre-school. All are repeats of ideas the president long has been promoting.
Organizing for Action isn't disclosing how much it's spending on the ad campaign. But the ad — the group's first to address an issue other than Obama's health care law — comes as Obama is hoping to stockpile momentum before expected showdowns with congressional Republicans over federal spending levels and the nation's debt limit. Republicans staunchly oppose Obama's approach to resolving those key issues.
With limited dollars and a smaller footprint than Obama's 2012 campaign, Organizing for Action is struggling to stay relevant and prove it can effectively strengthen the president's hand in policy debates. The group has sought to rally public support for gun control, which stalled in Congress, and an immigration overhaul, which faces major obstacles in the House after winning bipartisan Senate approval.
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