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"Tonight, Senate Republicans chose to raise taxes on nearly 160 million hard-working Americans because they refused to ask a few hundred thousand millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share," Mr. Obama said in a statement after the first Senate vote.

It was the same message he delivered on Wednesday, in anticipation of the Senate action, both in speeches to a crowd in blue-collar Scranton, Pa., and later to affluent donors in New York. In Scranton, speaking as if to Republicans, he asked, "Are you willing to fight as hard for middle-class families as you do for those who are most fortunate? What's it going to be?"

Mr. Obama, in setting this debate in motion in September, when he introduced his job-creation plan, has tapped into the widespread sense of income inequality - fighting for "the 99 percent" - that gave rise to the Occupy Wall Street movement. But Democrats would not be in their current strong position but for the fact that Republicans, for the first time in memory, contested a tax cut and then insisted that the reductions be paid for.
Mr. Schumer read to reporters from, a Web site popular among conservatives, where a blogger, Erick Erickson, wrote, "I never thought I would see the day, but Democrats are outmaneuvering Republicans on a tax cut."

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