Apr 22, 2011 3:29 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) President Barack Obama came to the West Coast looking to sell a long-term plan for reducing the nation's deficit. But he couldn't escape the reality that many Americans are still waiting for short-term solutions to their economic problems, from persistent unemployment to the crippled housing market.
Obama' trip combined town halls and fundraisers for his newly formed re-election campaign. Voters in California and Nevada expressed an interest and understanding about the need for deficit reduction, but they also made clear that the economic recovery still hasn't fully taken hold in ways that are meaningful to them.
Obama wraps up his three-day West Coast swing Friday morning and is due back in Washington in the afternoon.
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