Tour Bus Controversy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:08am

President Obama's jobs tour draws criticism from the right.

President Obama’s big black bus continues to roll through North Carolina and Virginia today.

The President's touting his jobs plan, but Republicans accuse him of campaigning with your money.

The buses along cost over two million, and Republicans here are questioning whether that's a good use of taxpayer money.

President Obama visits a community college in North Carolina and a Virginia high school today. "Pass this bill. We need to pass this bill," said President Obama.

He's pitching 35 billion to save nearly 300-thousand jobs - teachers, police, firefighters, first responders – all part of his bigger jobs bill the Senate rejected. "We're going to break up my jobs bill. Maybe they just couldn't understand the whole thing all at once," said President Barack Obama.

Republicans are livid about this campaign-style tour. "He's traveling around on a Canadian bus touting American jobs." "Is that appropriate on the taxpayers' dime, since it is clearly campaigning?" Senator John McCain/ (R) Arizona

Analysts say it's no coincidence the president's traveling through two battleground states. "His real challenge is winning back those moderate swing voters in North Carolina and Virginia," said Politico’s Jonathan Martin.

But will this tour through the south make a difference in Washington? "This thing boils down to a handful of people making a decision behind closed doors, which has nothing to do with the masses of folks out there that you're in front of at the moment," said Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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