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Obama touts economic 'fair shot' message across the country

"We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by," said Obama during the State of the Union last Tuesday, "or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules."

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He echoed those sentiments in key election states throughout the United States, stopping in Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Nebraska and pushing his populist message.

"I know that if we work together and in common purpose, we can build an economy that gives everybody a fair shot," said Obama Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The president wrapped up his tour in Michigan Friday, with a speech to students about college affordability.

"I want this to be a big bold generous country, where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody's doing their fair share, everybody's playing by the same set of rules," he said, reiterating his economic pitch.

The president continued to press his message into the weekend. In remarks at the House Democrats' Issues Conference Friday in Cambridge, Md., he thanked lawmakers in attendance for their service, but quickly shifted gears to repeat his vision for the country.

"You guys are putting it all on the line because you believe in an America in which everybody gets a fair shot and everybody does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules. That's what you have been about, that's what this caucus is about," said Obama.

Tonight Obama, who is back in Washington, D.C., plans to participate in a YouTube and Google+ interview to discuss his State of the Union message, answering previously submitted questions from the public.