** FILE ** President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington about the economy and the deficit. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington about the economy and the deficit. (Associated Press)