Obama campaign urges supporters to press lawmakers on fiscal cliff plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The election is over, but President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is still at work.

The campaign e-mailed supporters today, urging them to call their representatives and tell them to support Obama's fiscal cliff plan. It's a plan that includes raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Obama is pushing his approach to averting the fiscal cliff during a visit to Michigan today. He's speaking to auto workers at a plant outside Detroit.

He met yesterday at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur). Neither side is providing details of the meeting, which comes just three weeks before a flurry of tax hikes and spending cuts start taking effect.

Some Republican lawmakers are suggesting that the party give in on taxes in order to win concessions from Obama on changes to benefit programs such as Medicare. But Boehner's office is indicating today that the speaker isn't ready to take that step.

A spokesman says, "The Republican offer made last week remains the Republican offer." He's referring to a GOP plan that offered $800 billion in new revenue over the next decade by reducing or eliminating some tax breaks, but not by raising tax rates. The spokesman says Republicans are waiting for Obama to identify where he is willing to cut spending.

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026-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Erskine Bowles, co-chairman, Obama's deficit commission)--President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have resumed face-to-face talks as "fiscal cliff" negotiations come down to the wire. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (10 Dec 2012)

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027-c-18-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"communication remain open"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday for the first time in three weeks. (10 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO MDCD103: President Barack Obama turns and waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, as he travels to Michigan to visit the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (10 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WX101: FILE - This Nov. 16, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama shaking hands with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, during a meeting to discuss the deficit and economy. Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide. The stock market's unpredictability is perhaps the biggest wild card in the political showdown over the fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (16 Nov 2012)

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