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The most important contest we face as a nation is not between Democrats and Republicans but between America and our economic competitors around the world. The President will visit a community college in North Carolina that has shown how to better prepare workers to compete and win in a global economy. He will also call on leaders in Congress, American businesses and the private sector to work with him in helping America achieve the next "Sputnik" moment by investing in education, innovation, and infrastructure. The President will also renew his opposition to even a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts if it does not include an extension of benefits for the unemployed and extensions of the other tax cuts that benefit middle class families. Without them, taxes would still rise for 95 percent of Americans. He will discuss the need to accelerate our recovery and make the tough choices necessary to reduce our deficit in the long run. Over the coming weeks and months, the President will continue to visit companies, community colleges and training programs during his White House to Main Street tours and he will meet with business leaders, elected officials and the private sector to discuss the steps we can take together to accelerate job creation and make America more competitive in the 21st century.

By Greg Sargent  | December 6, 2010; 8:20 AM ET
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