President Barack Obama says "slowly, in fits and starts, the economy is getting stronger." Speaking at a campaign fundraiser in Washington state, Obama stuck with his main campaign theme -- the economy.

Obama told the gathering "the country is on a path of great strength and great promise."

He didn't mention Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by name but took a swipe at Republicans, saying the election will boil down to two competing views: "Do we believe that we grow together or do we believe that you're on your own?"

Later tonight, the president will appear at a sold-out fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of actor George Clooney with 150 donors who are paying $40,000 to attend.


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