Obama, Republicans spar over jobs bill in weekend messages

President Barack Obama is appealing to voters to support his nearly $450 billion jobs bill and tell their elected representatives about it.

With the economy listless and unemployment stuck above 9 percent Obama is lobbying aggressively against Republican opposition to the bill.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says failure to act means even weaker growth and fewer jobs. He says "any senator out there who's thinking about voting against this jobs bill needs to explain why."

In the GOP address, South Dakota Sen. John Thune called the bill "nothing but a rehash of the same failed ideas he's already tried, combined with a huge tax increase."

He calls Obama's proposal a "cynical ploy" designed to get the president reelected.

Thune also says the country needs a break from too many regulations.

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