WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is making himself heard on this big night for the Republicans.
The president appealed to Iowa Democrats, seeking to counter months of withering criticism in the state that launched his presidential ambitions four years ago.
In a live videoconference from Washington, Obama outlined his progress during his first term and asked party activists for their help. The president said they're "battling millions of dollars of negative advertising and lobbyists and special interests."
Obama used the videoconference to talk directly with voters, an approach that encountered some audio problems during the short speech and question-and-answer session.
The president wasted little time getting back in public view following a Hawaiian vacation spent largely out of the spotlight. On Wednesday, he travels to Cleveland for an event focused on the economy.
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