December 6th, 2011
09:55 AM ET
(CNN) - President Obama is heading to Kansas, a Republican stronghold, on Tuesday to talk about the economy and make another direct appeal to extend the payroll tax cut.
President Obama spoke briefly at the White House on Monday asking Congress to act quickly before the tax cut expires at the end of the year. "There aren’t many folks either in the middle class or those trying to get into the middle class who can afford to give up $1,000 - not right now," he said.
Once again he painted a picture of the GOP as being more concerned with the well being of the wealthy than with the middle class. "How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense," he said.
A White House statement said President Obama will "lay out the choice we face between a country in which too few do well while too many struggle to get by, and one where we're all in it together – where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their share, and everyone gets a shot."
The president will speak to the Kansas community of Osawatomie, a town where former President Theodore Roosevelt made an historic address in 1910 calling for economic reform to help the poor and underprivileged. President Roosevelt’s trip to Osawatomie, according to the White House, "called for a New Nationalism, where everyone gets a fair chance, a square deal, and an equal opportunity to succeed."