President Obama is returning to what's becoming familiar territory to sell his $447 billion jobs plan, as he steps up pressure on Congress to pass the bill "immediately" despite early complaints from Republicans about his call to use tax hikes to pay for it.
The president on Tuesday will visit a school in Ohio, House Speaker John Boehner's home state and a critical electoral battleground. It's his third visit to Ohio this year, and his 15th as president.
The idea is to promote $25 billion in school modernization and infrastructure spending that's part of the jobs bill. The president has made no secret he plans on recruiting voters to press Congress to act on the package, at a time when lawmakers are at loggerheads over just about everything.
"We can't afford these same political games, not now," Obama said Monday. "So I want you to pick up the phone, I want you to send an e-mail, use one of those airplane sky writers, dust off the fax machine ...