Jobs and the Campaign

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Friday, January 21, 2011 - 12:21pm

President Obama heads to New York to talk about jobs as he works to preserve his own.

President Obama visits General Electric's energy headquarters in New York today.

Politico White House Bureau Chief Joe Williams said, "He's going to talk about this is the way forward, this is how we need to continue, keep the continuity going."

He'll name GE CEO Jeff Immelt to head a new council on jobs and competitiveness. Mayors told the President Thursday the best way to create jobs is to focus on the nation's cities.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, "That's where most of the jobless is and that's where the recovery can be."

The President's approval ratings are up…now at 53 percent... as he moves senior White House staffers to Chicago to work on his 2012 re-election campaign.

For now, the White House says, Mr. Obama will not be intimately involved.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "The campaign is going to be run by a group of people in Chicago whose jobs will be to worry about that, not the President's."

He's busy dealing with Republicans who say part of their new health care plan will address abortion.

House Speaker John Boehner said, "Taxpayer funding of elective abortions will not be the policy of this government."

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