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Obama To Congress: Don't Spend Time On "Phony Political Debates"

"We've got to have a return to some homespun American values of fair play, shared responsibility. That's who we are as a people," President Obama said during a press event on the payroll tax cut extension.

"You know, when times are tough, Americans don't give up. They push ahead. They do whatever it takes to make their lives better, their communities better, and their countries better. With or without Congress every day I'm going to be continuing to fight with them. I do hope Congress joins me. Instead of spending the coming months in a lot of phony political debates, focusing on the next election, I hope that we spend some time focusing on middle-class Americans and those are struggling to get in the middle class. We have a lot more work to do. Let's do it," Obama said.

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