As midterms loom, Obama shifts spotlight to economy

U.S. President Barack Obama talks about the economy, in Northwestern University in EvanstonBy Roberta Rampton EVANSTON Ill. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama tried on Thursday to turn the spotlight on the economy, the issue U.S. voters care about most ahead of November midterm elections, making the case that his policies have steered the country away from the brink of collapse and laid a foundation for growth. It’s the second take for a strategy that the White House rolled out in June, only to have its optimistic message drowned out by crises in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and western Africa. …

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