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Obama signals he will appeal to centrists in State of Union
President Obama will outline an agenda for “winning the future’’ in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, striking a theme of national unity and renewal, as he stresses the need for both government spending in key areas and an attack on the budget deficit.
“My number one focus,’’ he said, “is going to be making sure that we are competitive, and we are creating jobs not just now but well into the future.’’
In a letter Thursday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced that he had selected Patrick Gaspard to serve as the political party’s new executive director. His rap sheet is similar to Obama's.
The selection is certain to draw criticism from conservatives because of Gaspard’s past association with activist organization ACORN.
Gaspard donated thousands of dollars to ACORN, The American Spectator has reported, and worked for New York’s Working Families Party and labor union SEIU.
“He understands the importance of grassroots politics and team building… Working together, I am confident that we can protect the progress of the past two years, achieve important electoral victories in 2011 and 2012.”