WASHINGTON — Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann is criticizing President Barack Obama's plan to create jobs. She says Obama's approach amounts to more "failed gimmicks."
The Minnesota congresswoman says the plan Obama outlined Thursday night to Congress would further hurt the struggling U.S. economy. A tea party favorite, Bachmann says that even if Congress passes Obama's jobs plan, it will fail.
Obama is "politically paralyzed" and "philosophically incapable of doing what needs to be done," she said.
Obama proposed a $447 billion jobs package that includes a payroll tax cut for all workers, a payroll tax cuts for most business, and spending for construction projects.
Bachmann did not attend the president's speech but said she listened on the radio because her flight to Washington was delayed.
Other reactions to the speech:
"Now is the time to invest in the future of our country by creating opportunities and helping out of work Americans find jobs. Many of the president's ideas have the potential to create jobs and spark the economy." — Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
"With more than 1.7 million jobs lost since the administration's last failed stimulus in February of 2009, I find it disappointing the president has waited this long to introduce a jobs program." — Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
"The president's plan is a solid foundation for Congress to build on. It strategically combines tax incentives for small businesses with targeted investments in American workers, the education of our children and improving our nation's crumbling infrastructure. That said, I would have liked to have seen a greater emphasis on domestic energy production and a special focus on water and flood protection for the nation." — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
"The president had a real opportunity to lay out a new approach to the economy that would inspire confidence among American families and businesses. While he put forward a few ideas that merit a closer look, much of the speech felt like the movie 'Groundhog Day'." — Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
"I call on my colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, to work together to pass legislation that will stimulate our economy as soon as possible. The American people cannot wait any longer." — Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J.
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