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Obama says he'll offer 'better path forward'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling supporters that he'll be offering "a better path forward" when he speaks at his party's convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.

Speaking today in Iowa, Obama told voters that "the good news is, you get to choose which path we take."

Starting Tuesday, a parade of high-profile speakers will vouch for Obama's economic agenda. They'll include former president Bill Clinton, who will remind voters of the flush economy during his administration and make the case that Obama's policies will lead to similar results.

The convention opens Tuesday with Michelle Obama as featured speaker. She is expected to say Obama is the best candidate to advocate on behalf of the middle class because he has experienced their struggles himself.

Obama isn't expected to outline any new policy proposals. Instead, he plans to make the case for continuing what he has started. Aides say he won't ignore the economic woes that have defined his four years in the White House. But they say he plans to focus largely on the future, and why he believes his policies will succeed in a second term.

Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry -- who is seen as a potential second-term secretary of state under Obama -- will address a large stadium crowd Thursday night before Obama speaks.

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