Obama Takes Message to Local TV in Swing States

Administration trying to spread message directly to regional media.

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President Obama is again making a pitch for favorable news coverage from the non-Washington news media.

He has scheduled four interviews with regional television stations this afternoon to discuss his plans for helping "responsible homeowners" get clear of their mortgage problems.

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Obama and his aides have talked a lot about this particular proposal in recent days in Washington. But now they're trying to spread their message directly to the regional media, where Obama strategists think they will get a better hearing. It's a technique they have used before and that they plan to use many more times in the coming months as the president's re-election campaign intensifies,

Obama will sit down in the Diplomatic Room of the White House with regional TV anchors from KLAS in Las Vegas, Nev.; WAGA in Atlanta, Ga.;, WFLA in Tampa, Fla., and WBTV in Charlotte, N.C.

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All four TV stations are in swing states that will be crucial to Obama's re-election this fall.

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