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Campaign Video Outlines How Far We’ve Come, and Where We’re Going: Forward

President Obama’s vision keeps us moving forward, toward a job-creating economy built to last – where hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules.

The Obama campaign released a video, titled “Forward,” which will be played at the President’s campaign rallies. The video outlines the challenges America faced as President Obama took office, and the progress we’ve made toward a strong middle class and an economy built to last – where hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everyone does their fair share and plays by the same rules.

We’d already lost 4.4 million jobs when President Obama took office amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Some said our best days were behind us, but the President fought hard, never losing faith in our ability to meet challenges.

From day one, President Obama took immediate action to stop the bleeding and reverse the trend, saving up to 4.2 million jobs while laying the groundwork for a recovery with strong roots and an economy built to last. And we’ve since had 25 straight months of private-sector job growth, with businesses creating 4.1 million jobs in that time.

But that’s only the beginning of what we’ve seen under President Obama’s leadership.

  • He boldly decided to rescue the American auto industry when it was on the verge of collapse and others said we should let it go bankrupt, saving more than a million jobs up and down the supply chain.
  • After nearly a century of failed attempts, he cracked down on insurance-company abuses and is ensuring every American will finally have access to quality and affordable care.
  • Because he kept his promises, the Iraq war, Osama bin Laden and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are all history.
  • He cracked down on the Wall Street schemes that crashed our economy, cut payroll taxes for 160 million working Americans to save the typical worker $1,000, cut taxes for small businesses 18 times, and proposed a balanced plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion.
  • He protected equal pay for women, doubled investments in Pell Grants, and tripled the number of women on the Supreme Court, including appointing the first Latina.

But there’s still more to do. We’re now at a make-or-break moment for the middle class. President Obama knows that the only way to reclaim the security it has lost is to restore the basic values of fairness and opportunity that made our country great.

The American people face a clear choice in November between the President’s vision for moving America forward, and Mitt Romney’s familiar and troubling economic scheme: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer rules for Wall Street – the same formula that benefited a few, but crashed our economy and punished the middle class.

We either can keep giving tax breaks to the wealthiest, let Wall Street write its own rules again, widen loopholes for corporations, and stick seniors and the middle class with the bill – or we can continue to level the playing field, invest in education, American manufacturing and clean energy.

We either can settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while more and more Americans barely get by – or we can build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share and plays by the same rules.

We either can go back to an economy based on outsourcing, bad debt and phony financial profits – or we can keep moving forward to rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded.