Obama sets campaign theme: Middle class at stake

President Obama waves to the crowd at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kansas, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, where he delivered a major speech on the economy. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

December 7, 2011 5:54:24 AM PST
Declaring the American middle class in jeopardy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a populist economic vision that will drive his re-election bid, insisting the United States must reclaim its standing as a country in which everyone can prosper if provided "a fair shot and a fair share."