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President Aims to Remain Working Class Warrior in 2012

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The president will continue to claim the mantle for “warrior of the working class” in 2012 in stark contrast to the public perception that Republicans in Congress are backing millionaires, not the middle class, a senior White House official tells ABC News.

And that message will be carried through President Obama’s reelection campaign next year. “We’re going to be doubling down on our commitment and our message in terms of fighting for the middle class,” Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters covering the president in Hawaii.

After a heated battle between the White House and House Republicans, the payroll tax cut was extended until the end of February — a battle the president ultimately won albeit for just two months. It also delayed the president’s vacation here, but the White House official noted that it gave the president and his senior advisers time to work through policy proposals that they plan to roll out in the new year —  one being to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012.

Extending it through the end of 2012 is a “must-do item of business” on the president’s Congressional agenda. “I think the president still has a strong hand on the payroll tax,” observed Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for “World News with Diane Sawyer.”  ”It’s going to be hard not to extend it for a year, politically.”

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