Obama Highlights Ohio Bridge to Sell Jobs Plan

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CINCINNATI -- The nation's commander-in-chief is once again playing "salesman-in-chief" in his second trip to Ohio in two weeks.

President Obama is in Ohio hoping to drum up support for his jobs plan.

Ohio, known for its rolling plains, is home to manufacturing, vast farmland, powerhouse Buckeyes, and the World Bratwurst Eating Championship.

Unfortunately, it also boasts high unemployment, mirroring the national average at 9 percent.

While unveiling the American Jobs Act before Congress, Obama pointed out specific projects that would put Americans back to work.

One of those projects is a dilapidated bridge connecting Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

Built in the 1960s, it's called the Brent Spence Bridge. But commuters and truckers who travel that route simply call it dangerous.

Each and every day more than 170,000 cars and trucks pass over the Brent Spence Bridge. Bearing more than twice its intended capacity, the bridge has been deemed "functionally obsolete."

While federal dollars have been set aside for the engineering and design of a new bridge, not nearly enough money has been set aside for the construction of a replacement.
The president's trip puts the spotlight on a project that has widespread support.
It also adds pressure to Capitol Hill's top two Republicans: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

While the president and GOP leaders may agree the project is needed, where they disagree is how to pay for it.

Raising taxes, primarily on the wealthy, is how Obama wants to fund his jobs plan.

"I don't believe class warfare is leadership," Boehner said.

"This is not class warfare," the president responded. "It's math."

But Republicans say tax hikes on the rich are a "job-killer," not a job creator.
It's a difference of opinions that won't take weeks to resolve but months - if it's resolved at all.

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