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Obama: GOP pushing ‘tax cuts to improve your love life’

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U.S. President Barack Obama campaigns at the Strawbery Banke Museum in New Hampshire. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Launching a postconvention swing through pivotal battleground states, President Barack Obama on Friday mockingly suggested that Republicans think tax cuts can cure any economic ill and even "improve your love life." Obama also suggested former President Bill Clinton might make a good "secretary of explaining stuff."

"Our friends at the Republican convention, they talked a lot about what they thought was wrong with America. They didn't tell you what was right. They didn't tell you what they'd do to make it right," he said at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H.

"That's because all they've got to offer is same prescriptions that they've had for the last 30 years: tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations—oh, and more tax cuts," the president said. "Tax cuts when times are good. Tax cuts when times are bad. Tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds. Tax cuts to improve your love life. It'll cure anything, according to them."

Obama's comments came as he opened a three-day campaign drive scheduled to take him to Iowa and Florida. The trip aims to build on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Looking back at the convention, Obama praised first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and highlighted Clinton's speech.

"Somebody emailed me after his speech and said, 'You need to appoint him secretary of explaining stuff.' That's pretty good. I like that. Secretary of explaining stuff. 'splaining," he said.

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