Obama in NH Pushing for Payroll Tax Cuts

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President Obama is in the political battleground state of New Hampshire, challenging Republicans in Congress to extend payroll tax cuts that expire this year.

During a speech to be given at a Manchester high school, the president is expected to argue that a failure to extend the tax breaks would hurt middle-class families already struggling amid the shaky U.S. economy.

"If we don't act, taxes will go up for every single American, starting next year. And I'm not about to let that happen," Obama said Monday.

A middle-class family making $50,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $1,000 if the payroll tax cuts are not extended, according to the White House.

Republicans are not opposed to the extension. They say it's one part of the president's jobs plan for which both sides may find common ground.

It's been nearly two years since the president visited the Granite State, which he won in the 2008 election.

Recent polls show that if the election were held today, Obama would lose by nearly 10 percentage points to Republican Mitt Romney.

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