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Those unemployment figures we had a moment ago have given Republicans another weapon with which to attack the president on a crucial election year issue.
At the center of the new attack a group the president appointed to work on ways to create jobs.
Here's White House correspondent when -- Campaigning in Florida President Obama said his goal is to rebuild the middle class that has been hard hit not just by the recession but by the policies of his predecessor.
As Americans we don't expect handouts.
Fully expect hard work to pay off.
We understand that there'll be setbacks.
But we also know that responsibility should be rewarded.
-- armed with an uptick in last week's jobless claims Republicans launched a coordinated attack.
Obama's failure to meet recently with his own jobs council.
-- surprise that the president has not met with his jobs council.
In the last six months.
He doesn't -- time amigos own jobs council.
-- -- out their campaign in every day are looking for somebody else to blame.
The Republican National Committee even use mr.
Obama's -- spokesman's explanation on Wednesday for the lack of meeting us there.
Because it -- -- except the president suns got a lot of play on this day Jay Carney told reporters in an off camera briefing.
The president has acted on 90% of the job council's recommendations he can do want his own.
Congress is only acted on -- percent of the recommendations that require its approval.
The -- brought mixed economic news dropped last month that home sales but the largest increase in new home construction in four years.
As economic growth has slowed over the past few months.
Poll suggests the rising number of people feel the Obama administration has made things worse and that's contributed to a slight decline in how they -- his job performance.
Obama conceded the economy is not where it should be but he said the Republicans only remedy is to blame him for.
I guess that's -- plan to win an election but.
They can't hide the fact that it's -- a plan to create jobs.
It's not a plan to grow the economy.
They don't have a plan to revive the middle class.
Everything that they're proposing.
We drive for a decade and it didn't work.
But Florida's unemployment rate higher than the national average the job -- would seem to be even more significant there.
Polls put the president and Mitt Romney in a virtual dead heat in the state president will spend another day campaigning there on Friday Brett.
And the goal -- in the north lawn Wendell thank you.
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