President Obama’s political strategy for the start of the coming election year will focus on offering voters an unmistakable contrast between him and an unpopular Congress on issues like taxes, according to a top aide, as the president prepares to make a similar contrast with the eventual GOP presidential nominee.

Interestingly, the president will not be making an equally aggressive effort to promote his controversial health care law, now under review by the Supreme Court, and arguably the most significant domestic accomplishment of his first term.

Americans have already seen some of the efforts the president has made trying to portray himself as what a White House official calls “a warrior for the middle class.” That messaging going forward will be concentrated on asking voters to make a choice between Obama and the Republican-led House of Representatives.

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