President Obama speaks Wednesday while meeting with citizens at the White House. Obama called on Republicans to halt an automatic tax hike for middle-class Americans. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Christmas shopping season could be harmed if the fiscal cliff fight depresses consumer confidence, according to a new report from Obama administration economists. Andrew Kelly/Getty Images hide caption

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Jim Messina, President Obama's 2012 campaign manager Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Democratic party volunteer Matt Lattanzi worked door to door for the Obama campaign while canvassing in a Youngstown, Ohio, apartment building on Oct. 28. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks about the economy and the deficit Friday in the East Room of the White House. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., receives a kiss from his grandson Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont. Tester won re-election in a tight contest with Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg. Michael Albans/AP hide caption

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Voters stand in line as they prepare to cast their votes in Hialeah, Fla., on Tuesday. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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A citizen votes on a paper ballot during the final day of early voting Monday in Lancaster, Ohio. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Marine One helicopter carrying President Obama returns to the White House on Friday after Obama spent the day campaigning in Ohio. Both the president and Mitt Romney were to be on the road all weekend, campaigning in a handful of swing states. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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