June 15th, 2012
09:05 AM ET
(CNN) - President Barack Obama used a pair of fund-raisers in New York Thursday to further the message he laid out in a speech earlier in the day in Ohio, painting the November election as a choice between two starkly different visions for the United States.
"What we're going to have to do is present the choice," Obama told a group of supporters at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a pool report. "You're the tie-breaker, you're the ultimate arbiter."
Obama warned, as he did in Ohio, that Mitt Romney and Republicans will largely blame him for the current economy and say it's "the other guy's fault."
"It's an elegant message. It happens to be wrong, but it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker," Obama said, noting the GOP will spend "$500 million" on ads.
The president delivered a similar message of caution during the speech in Ohio, the battleground state he and Romney visited on the same day.
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