By Amie Parnes - 02/14/12 04:58 PM EST
Building on momentum and saying “the fight is beginning to turn our way,” President Obama on Tuesday urged voters to keep pressuring Congress to pass the payroll tax cut as time runs out on an extension.
Speaking at the White House, Obama used an airplane analogy when describing the economy’s recent uptick but acknowledged "we're not at cruising altitude yet.”
Obama’s remarks come a day after House GOP leaders did an about-face, arriving at the decision that they needed to support the payroll tax extension without demanding that spending cuts pay for it. The shift shows Republicans were worried about repeating the defeat they suffered in December when they hesitated before agreeing to extend the tax cut for two months.
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