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Obama to GOP: I'm pretty good at politicking, remember?

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • President Obama says he's back in campaign mode
  • GOP "forgot I'm pretty good at politicking," Obama says
  • Voters will choose between progress and reversal, he says

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama warned Republicans on Monday that he is back in campaign mode.

In a fundraising speech in Austin, Texas, Obama complained that while his administration has been governing the country since January 2009, Republicans have been trying to obstruct progress.

"There has been a fundamental lack of seriousness on the other side," Obama said. "We've spent the last 20 months governing; they have spent the last 20 months politicking."

In reference to the upcoming November congressional elections, Obama said: "Well, we can politick for three months. They forgot I'm pretty good at politicking."

The speech repeated the main campaign themes Obama has mentioned in recent months, particularly his assessment of GOP proposals as a repeat of failed policies from the previous administration.

Republicans are counting on voter "amnesia," the president said.

He framed the choice for voters as a decision on whether to return to policies that brought the recession or continue with policies that are "getting us out of this mess."