December 6, 2011 7:39 PM

In lofty speech, Obama appeals for a new commitment to a fair America

President Barack Obama cast the national debate and developing 2012 presidential campaign Tuesday as a battle between two visions of the economy, government and society. “The free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history. It’s led to a prosperity and standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world,” Obama told an audience of about 1,200 in a high school gym in Osawatome, Kansas.

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