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Obama bypasses Congress with public economic pitch

WASHINGTON — Weeks before President Obama’s State of the Union address, White House aides were locking down a plan for the sales pitch that would follow during three days of travel focused on his main themes.

The effort to promote Obama’s proposals on jobs, wages, and education involved visits to Asheville, N.C.; Decatur, Ga.; and Chicago. He also participated in a Google Plus chat, and mobilized his formidable former campaign apparatus.

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