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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a sweeping indictment of economic inequality in the U.S. on Tuesday as he summoned the memory of President Theodore Roosevelt and pledged to fight for fairness at a “make or break moment for the middle class.”

Only a month before Republican voters begin choosing a presidential nominee, Obama traveled to small-town Osawatomie, Kan., where Roosevelt delivered his “New Nationalism” address in 1910, to embrace the progressive reformer’s calls for a “square deal” for regular Americans.

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