Liberals trying to build American Dream movement

By KEN THOMAS | October 4, 2011 | 1:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal groups are trying to build a movement based on reclaiming the American Dream. Whether it helps President Barack Obama next year is an open question.

Organizers of this week's "Take Back the American Dream" conference have studied the tea party and are trying to build a movement to support liberal causes.

After Obama won the White House, they said they miscalculated that it would lead to an agenda that would support more of their issues, like raising taxes on the wealthy and universal health care.

Many Democrats say they hope the energy the conference generated can be harnessed to help Obama win re-election next year.