With talks on avoiding the fiscal cliff still deadlocked, President Obama is launching a public relations offensive to rally public support for his call to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a deficit-reduction deal. Administration officials say Obama will hold a series of campaign-style events, including a visit to a suburban Philadelphia toy manufacturer on Friday, to win over ordinary Americans. Obama reportedly aims to increase pressure on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to compromise on a deficit-reduction agreement to prevent a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1. Economists warn that allowing the fiscal cliff to hit would push the economy into another recession.
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