McConnell: Obama should negotiate, not campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is denouncing the way President Barack Obama is going about building support for his position on avoiding the "fiscal cliff."

The White House says Obama intends to hold a series of events aimed at building support for his approach, which includes allowing taxes on the wealthy to rise while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.

Those events include a meeting today with small business owners, and one tomorrow with middle-class families.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says instead of sitting down with lawmakers and "working out an agreement," Obama is "back out on the campaign trail."

Both sides are warning that the impending tax increases and spending cuts set for January could harm the nation's economic recovery, but an agreement still seems far from certain.

Obama isn't the only one planning to try to build public support for his position. House Republicans are planning to hold events in the coming weeks with small businesses in their districts, to highlight the effect that tax increases could have on small businesses and their employees.

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140-c-21-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"five weeks away"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports both sides are making their case in public -- while negotiating in private. (27 Nov 2012)

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139-c-20-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"year-end tax hikes"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president's heading to the Philadelphia suburbs on Friday to make his case for a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." (27 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NY115: FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the Thanksgiving holiday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The White House said Tuesday, Nov. 27, that the president plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (21 Nov 2012)

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