Politics Today

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 7:14am

The President hits the road to sell his jobs plan to the public.

President Obama hits the road, on a bus tour pitching key parts of his jobs plan.

His Republican opponents are trying to raise enough money to get their message out.

The Senate rejected the President's jobs plan, so he's turning to “plan b” - pulling it apart and pitching key elements directly to the public.

President Obama’s travels will take him through North Carolina and Virginia today. He will visit schools and fire stations, urging congress to give states 35 billion to save those jobs. Plus an additional 50 billion to create jobs by fixing roads, tunnels and bridges. "Yes, we are for infrastructure spending but it's about reforming the system so we're not throwing good money after bad," said House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

On Capitol Hill, Democrats are still pushing the whole plan and criticizing what Republicans offered. "The so-called Republican jobs bill would just allow corporate America to write their own rules again," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D) Florida.

Last quarter, President Obama raised far more money than any other candidate - 70 million, including donations to his party.

Among Republicans, Rick Perry is on top with just over 17 million. Mitt Romney raised just over 14 million.

Herman Cain brought in just over 2.5 million. "It's not enough to go the distance. But money is coming in”, says Cain. "Message is more powerful than money."

One opponent says Cain’s message - the "9-9-9" flat tax plan - could be the turning point: "If he can explain a nine percent sales tax so people decide they want it, he has a good chance to be the nominee," said Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

On NBC’s Meet The Press, Cain addressed what he says are misconceptions about his flat tax plan. He claims that without "invisible" taxes built in, competition would drive down the price of goods, like food.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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