Obama visits Philadelphia area toymaker

    President Barack Obama will visit a suburban Philadelphia toymaker today as he tries to make his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling “fiscal cliff.”

    Obama will visit the Rodon Group manufacturing facility in Hatfield, showcasing the company as an example of a business that depends on middle-class consumers during the holiday season.


    The company manufactures parts for K’NEX Brands, a construction toy company whose products include Tinkertoy, K’NEX Building Sets and Angry Birds Building Sets.

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    White House officials believe the trip will build momentum for Obama’s case, even as Republicans have described it as an irritant and an obstacle to fruitful talks.

    Obama’s Pennsylvania trip is part of a strategy to press his case publicly even while negotiating privately. He has already met with small business owners and with middle-class families in separate White House events. He has also invited business and labor leaders to the White House as well as Democratic operatives who can echo his plans on the airwaves.

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