Politics and Jobs

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:41am

President Obama spreads his message about a new jobs plan, as the GOP race for the nomination heats up.

The White House insists President Obama's three-day bus tour through the Midwest isn't a campaign swing, but it sure looked that way as he rolled into Iowa and sent a message to Congress.

“And if they don't start paying attention then they're not going to be in office and we will have a new Congress in there that will start paying attention to what is going on all across America,” said President Obama.

He promised a new economic plan in September and promised Congress will have to answer to voters if it's not passed.

"The choice will be very stark and will be very clear," said President Obama.

Texas Governor Rick Perry was still riding high on his sixth place finish in Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll.

He's playing catch-up with the other GOP presidential candidates.

"I know we were late getting in this process. But we're in and we're all in and we're going to campaign like our life depends on it," said Perry.

Mitt Romney is still the man to beat.

"Any one of the people running for President on the Republican side would be an improvement over what we have, in my view," said Romney.

The 2012 race for the White House is heating up but still has a long way to go.

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