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President Barack Obama told 500 people gathered along the Cannon River that federal programs like Social Security are not broken, he said, "politics are broken." Obama at times said Republicans are hindering progress, at other times he blamed problems on "politics." Photo by Chad Richardson, Hastings Star Gazette.

Obama enlists Minnesotans for political fight

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The Democratic president, in what many called his first campaign swing of a re-election bid, urged the 500 people gathered in along the Cannon River to tell members of Congress: "It is time for games to stop. It is time to put country first."

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The word "compromise" has become a dirty word, he said, pointing mostly at Republicans, but saying that also has applied to Democrats.

Federal programs like Social Security are not broken, he said, "politics are broken."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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