President Barack Obama has been accused of campaigning after Election Day.
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have chided him for the trips he’s made to places such as the toy factory in Pennsvylania and the diesel engine plant near Detroit where he has pressed his case for taxing the wealthiest Americans harder.
It doesn’t take Air Force One to launch a campaign, however.
This afternoon, the president is aiming over the heads of Republican leaders again with a round of regional interviews with anchors from regional television stations in states where he won re-election – y tambien en espanol.
The president will take a seat in the Diplomatic Room of the White House mid-afternoon for talks with WPVI in Philadelphia, WCCO in Minneapolis, KCRA in Sacramento and — notably — the Miami outlet of WSCV Univision.
Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote on Nov. 6, close to former President Bill Clinton’s record, and in South Florida Obama won a record 48 percent of the Cuban-American vote, as well as 60 percent of the U.S.-born Cuban-American community.
With both his trips outside of Washington and his media reach outside the Beltway, he is counting on momentum carried from his campaign to convince Congress that taxes for top-earners should be raised while 98 percent of Americans are held harmless from the repeal of the Bush-era tax cuts.
Back in Washington, Boehner is holding the president to significant spending cuts as part of any tax deal. The Republican House speaker from Ohio, where Obama also won re-election, is staging his own media event today: An 11:15 am EST news conference in the Capitol.
See the Bloomberg National Poll today for more on the White House’s reading of the hand the president holds.