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Obama's plan to win 2012 presidential election takes shape

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Since the State of the Union, Obama has kept the rhetorical drumbeat going on innovation and investment in infrastructure. Last week, he traveled to Wisconsin to highlight a high-efficiency lighting company and to Pennsylvania to announce an initiative to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings across the country.

On Thursday, he travels to Marquette, Mich., to promote his “national wireless initiative,” which aims to extend wireless coverage to 98 percent of the US population.

Obama has also kept up his outreach to the business community, delivering a highly anticipated speech Monday to the US Chamber of Commerce in which he implored members to hire and invest.

Last week, the White House held events focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, including a new “Startup America” initiative aimed at encouraging the private sector to invest in job-creating startup businesses. A companion initiative, the “Startup America Partnership,” features entrepreneurs – led by Steve Case, cofounder of AOL, and Carl Schramm of the Kauffman Foundation – who will aim to mobilize private-sector investment in startups.

If nothing else, the outlines of Obama's reelection pitch are coming into view. "Winning the future" is, in some ways, a more focused version of "hope and change," but with a cast toward the political center in its emphasis on entrepreneurship.

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