Obama road trip: From payroll tax to campaign cash

By JIM KUHNHENN | November 30, 2011 | 2:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants more money in the pockets of U.S. workers — and in his campaign treasury too.

The president on Wednesday will travel to Scranton in swing-state Pennsylvania to press his case for a bigger temporary payroll tax cut that will boost paychecks. He then will attend fundraisers in donor-rich New York City.

The one-day trip illustrates the dual policy and political demands on Obama as the 2012 campaign season nears. It also draws attention to the different audiences that politicians must court, particularly in a weak economy.

Obama is pushing Congress to extend and expand this year's payroll tax cut. If Congress does not act by year's end, the full payroll tax of 6.2 percent would be restored, increasing taxes on 160 million Americans.