Authors: Carmen Cox
(DENVER) -- President Obama brought his jobs pitch to Denver, Colo. Tuesday, where in a campaign-style speech he told Congress he wants his $447 billion jobs bill back. “It’s been two weeks since I sent it to Congress. And now I want it back. I want to sign this jobs bill so we can start putting people to work. I’ve got the pens all ready,” Obama said.
“So my question to Congress is: What on Earth are we waiting for?” the president said at Abraham Lincoln High School.
Holding up the American Jobs Act -- “I know it’s kind of thick” -- Obama told the crowd in escalating campaign cadence to “pass this bill,” although the legislation has little chance of passing in its current form and Republicans have declared it dead on arrival.
In casual shirt sleeves Obama addressed the sweltering crowd of 2,000 supporters who had waited hours in the hot sun and 80-plus degree weather to see the president. At least eight people reportedly succumbed to the heat and were taken from the event.
Tuesday’s speech marked the end of the president’s three-day western swing, culminating a trip that included seven fundraisers and two presidential events where Obama promoted his jobs bill, which has become the cornerstone of his re-election bid.
While the president carried Colorado by nine percentage points in 2008, his approval ratings have been falling and he has adopted a more aggressive tone on the campaign trail in recent days. Tuesday was the president’s first visit to the state in over a year and his first of the campaign season.
Despite netting millions in campaign cash over the past three days, the president continued to scold Republicans Tuesday for focusing too much on the next election and not enough on fixing the economy.
“I know some Republicans in Washington have said that some of this might have to wait for the next election; that maybe we should just stretch this out rather than work together right now. Some even said that even if they agree with the proposals in the American Jobs Act, they shouldn’t pass it because it would give me a win. Give me a win? Give me a break!” Obama said, delivering the now-familiar line.
“That’s why folks are fed up with Washington. This isn’t about giving me a win. This isn’t about giving Democrats or Republicans a win. This is about giving people who are hurting a win,” he said.
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