Revving up Democrats for 2014, Obama derides GOP as party pushing failed, antiquated ideas

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President Barack Obama speaks at the general session of the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama and Democrats have their way, voters will see this year's elections as a stark choice between Republicans pushing failed, antiquated policies versus Democrats advocating freedom and opportunity for all Americans.

Republicans aren't likely to cede that argument. They're painting Democrats as a party whose promises of jobs, effective government and affordable health care have fallen flat.

None of those critiques were on display Friday evening. That's when Obama rallied the party faithful at a Democratic National Committee summit.

Obama rattled off a list of issues where he said Republicans were stuck in the past, including gay rights, women's equality, wages and health care.

He says Republicans are offering failed theories they've pushed before. Obama says the American people have responded with "No, thanks."

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