In speech, Obama seeks to unify Democrats for 2014


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Democrats to coalesce behind a message of "opportunity for all" that his party has concluded offers the best prospects for fending off Republicans in November.

Obama on Friday will speak to a Democratic National Committee meeting.

In excerpts released by the White House, Obama says the election eight months away shouldn't block progress now. But he says November's vote will be a clear choice, with Republicans advocating "opportunity for a few" and Democrats advocating "opportunity for all."

He says Republicans keep telling Americans what they're against while Democrats say what they're for.

The White House says Obama will hold more than 30 Democratic fundraisers in the coming months, and that officials will coordinate with congressional leaders to hold votes aimed at bolstering their campaign theme.

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