Obama says he should have sold his policies better

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  1. Obama says he should have sold his policies better
    By Ben Feller And Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writers – 11 mins ago

    SEATTLE – President Barack Obama staunchly defended his health care and stimulus initiatives Thursday but acknowledged he may not have taken enough time to explain the policies to the public.

    Campaigning in Seattle, he said: "We had to move so fast, we were in such emergency mode, that it was very difficult for us to spend time a lot doing victory laps and advertising exactly what we were doing because we had to move onto the next thing."

    "I take some responsibility for that," said the president, who is in the midst of a four-day trip through Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Minnesota. Obama has vigorously stepped up his campaigning in efforts in recent days with fellow Democrats facing the specter of losing control of the House or Senate — or both — to Republicans on Nov. 2.

    In a question-and-answer session to a group gathered in a Seattle backyard, Obama trumpeted his support for women-owned enterprises as he sought to turn out voters for Washington Sen. Patty Murray.

    More broadly, he used his West Coast swing to drive home his challenge to voters to decide, in his words, if they want to stick with progress or return to failure on Election Day.

    At a noisy indoor rally in Portland, Ore., Wednesday night for gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber, Obama said, "We don't want them rolling back health reform, so insurance companies can deny you coverage because you're sick."

    "We don't want them rolling back Wall Street reform, so now credit card companies can go back to hitting you with hidden fees and penalties," he added. "We have tried that before and we're not going back."