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Bus tour in US Midwest: Obama calls on Congress to "put partisan games aside"

08-16-2011 13:44 BJT

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US President Barack Obama has kicked off a three-day tour across the Midwestern US aimed at promoting his economic policies and countering Republican attacks. Obama accused the Congress of putting politics ahead of the country. He also called on voters to tell their lawmakers to end their political games.

Barack Obama said, "There is no shortage of ideas to put people to work right now. What is needed is action on the part of Congress, a willingness to put the partisan games aside and say we are going to do what is right for the country, not what we think is going to score us some political points for the next election."

This is the first bus trip of Obama's presidency through a region that helped launch him to the White House in 2008. It comes on the heels of Republican Michele Bachmann's weekend victory in the Iowa Straw Poll.

For much of the summer, Obama has been in Washington, immersed in bitter partisan negotiations on the debt crisis, amid a faltering economy and high unemployment. Obama also launched a rare direct attack on Republican presidential hopefuls for what he contended was their blanket opposition to any possibility of new taxes.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a point during a town hall-style meeting in Cannon Falls, Minnesota August 15, 2011. Obama is traveling on a bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a town hall-style meeting in Cannon Falls, Minnesota August 15, 2011. Obama blasted Republicans over taxes on Monday as he launched a bus tour of the U.S. Midwest to tout his job-growth strategy and distance himself from anger toward Washington that could dent his 2012 re-election hopes. Obama is traveling on a bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

US President Barack Obama listens to questions as he speaks at a town hall style meeting in Decorah, Iowa, August 15, 2011, during his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy.

Ryan Rhodes of the Iowa Tea Party Revolution heckles from the crowd as US President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style meeting in Decorah, Iowa, August 15, 2011, during his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy.

DECORAH, IA - AUGUST 15: President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style meeting at the Seed Savers Exchange on August 15, 2011 in Decorah, Iowa. Obama is on a three-day bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois where he is scheduled to speak with people about economic issues.


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