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White House officials push Republicans on payroll tax cut extension

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett appeared Wednesday on Fox News in a clear attempt to rally conservative support.

"It's make or break time for the middle class," Jarrett said.

The Obama confidante was pressed by host Jenna Lee about whether it was "presidential" to have attacked Republicans for obstructing his jobs bill and implementation of financial regulation programs in a wide-ranging speech Tuesday in Kansas.

"Absolutely it's presidential, because what the president focuses on first and foremost about what's good for the American people," Jarrett said.

She also chided Republicans for blocking the Senate confirmation of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans, unhappy with the power granted to the agency, have threatened to block any nomination to the position without changes to the agency's structure.

"There's a huge effort to try to dismantle that agency and try to block the confirmation of that person there to look out for the consumer," Jarrett said.

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