Obama Tries to Upstage GOP Primaries—Again

With a big economic speech planned for Tuesday, Obama will try to overshadow three Republican primaries.

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President Obama will try to upstage his Republican rivals again Tuesday when he delivers an economic speech in Washington at the same time voters will be casting ballots in GOP presidential primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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White House officials say Obama will talk about the need for tax fairness and renew his argument that millionaires should have to pay more. He will condemn a House Republican budget plan as a "Trojan horse" and "thinly-veiled social Darwinism" that would hurt working families, according to White House officials.

Obama has tried, with some success, to upstage the GOP candidates before. In March, after shutting out the media for months, he held a news conference on the same day as Super Tuesday, when several key GOP primaries occurred.

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GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is expected to continue his march to the GOP nomination with wins in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and probably Wisconsin. Romney has been intensifying his attacks on Obama, and the Obama re-election campaign has been responding with increasing bite.

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