Barack Obama: Republicans ‘are Feeling Cocky'

(NECN) - President Barack Obama spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in Ohio, trying to create energy within the crowd to get to the polls on Election Day.

The President spoke at Cleveland State University with VicePresident Joe Biden and Ohio governor Ted Strickland, who is up forre-election this year against Republican John Kasich. Obama told the crowd that congressional Republicans have the wrong priorities in mind.

"I guess they're feeling cocky, maybe," said Obama. "The Republican leader of the House says, 'this is not a time for compromise' - that's a quote. The Republican leader of the Senate said his main goal for the next two years -- his top priority -- is to win the next election and to beat me. Think about this, his priority is not to get the economy moving, it's not to create jobs, it's not to reduce the deficit, his top priority is to win the next election. We haven't' even finished this election."

Obama said the United States private sector has created jobs for 9 months in a row, and blamed Republicans for why the economy has continued in a slump. He said if elected, Republicans plan to "cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, you cut rules for special interests," and cited "this notion of theirs that turned a record surplus into record deficits."

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