Obama says political divide is hurting economy

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that bitter fights between Democrats and Republicans in Washington were hurting the economy and he urged lawmakers to embrace compromise in order to boost job growth.
Still reeling from a divisive debate over debt and deficits that triggered a downgrade in the US credit rating, Obama is going on a three-day bus tour next week to connect with voters as his own 2012 re-election campaign begins to heat up.
Channeling citizens' anger at Congress will be one of his key themes, which he rolled out on a trip to Michigan this week and in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday.
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