Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama Rouses House Dems Insists Party Take Credit for Economic Gains

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Obama Rouses House Dems Insists Party Take Credit for Economic Gains

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PHILADELPHIA - A fiery President Barack Obama addressed House Democrats on Thursday night, making the case that, while there's more work to do in restoring the economy, Democrats can't be shy about what they've already accomplished.

His remarks, delivered in the ballroom of a Sheraton hotel on the second evening of the House Democratic retreat, were tailored to the caucus' new strategy: focus the party's message on growing the middle class and take full credit for the nation's economic recovery of the past six years.

"Obviously we were all disappointed by the outcome of this election. There were a lot of reasons for it, and I'm happy to take some of the blame," Mr. Obama told the assembled members, their families and their staffers. "One thing I'm positive about is, when we're shy about what we care about, when we're defensive about what we've accomplished, when we don't stand up straight and proud . "

He then began to list, his voice rising to a campaign stump speech crescendo as members rose to their feet in wild applause, accomplishments in health insurance, in immigration legislation and in "middle-class economics."

He said he would "happily veto" Republican legislation to undo the Affordable Care Act - not surprising, but a crowd pleaser nonetheless - along with legislation to roll back the financial regulatory overhaul bill known as Dodd-Frank and a measure targeting his executive orders on immigration.

He slammed Republicans for risking a Homeland Security Department shutdown over those executive actions: "These are the guys concerned about borders, about terrorism? Now you want to make a political point?"

And Mr. Obama crowed about proving the critics - namely, Republicans - wrong.

"It's pretty rare when you have two visions, a vigorous debate and then you test who's right," Mr. …

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