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Obama is on the road selling both his jobs plan and his own re-election.

The town hall was the White House’s latest attempt to meld old-school campaigning with new media capabilities.

It comes midway through a three-day West Coast swing that includes seven fundraisers. Obama is racing to collect cash ahead of a Friday quarterly fundraising deadline that will provide a snapshot of the president’s strength against the gelling GOP field.

Obama has been using the events to try out his newly aggressive tone with supporters who have been disappointed with the president’s compromises with the GOP. The president is mixing frontal attacks on Republicans with words of encouragement intended to buck up the faithful as the 2012 campaign revs up.