Obama touts jobs bill as new maneuvering looms

Oct 11, 2011 - 02:10
  • US President Barack Obama waves as he returns to the White House on October 10, 2011 after visiting wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

WASHINGTON, Oct 11, 2011 (AFP) - President Barack Obama heads to electoral battlegrounds to tout his jobs bill Tuesday, as his campaign brain trust argues voters are warming to the plan, despite its doubtful prospects in Congress.

Obama will hold events in the key electoral state of Pennsylvania, a must-win for him in 2012, and in vital swing state Florida, as an amended version of his $447 billion package faces a symbolic Senate vote.

The day will likely evolve into a new round of partisan posturing, as Republicans and Democrats, eyeing a date with voters next year, seek political advantage from a measure that has almost no chance of passing in full.

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