Republicans dismiss Obama trip as all image

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US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner (AP Photo)

US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama begins a series of quick trips to cities around the country with a focus on job creation, Republicans are dismissing the effort as simply image-building.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says, “If you’re someone who’s all about the visual, then of course putting on a pair of goggles or showing up at a factory is a great way to at least look like you’re doing something about job creation.”

And House Speaker John Boehner says, “The president doesn’t seem to understand that it’s his policies that are undermining economic growth and job creation.”

Republicans have shown no interest in job-creation plans based on new federal spending. They also argue that Obama’s regulatory regime and his new health care law are hindering more robust job growth.

Obama is visiting Austin, Texas today, as he tries to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union speech that became overshadowed amid the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts.

He’s talking about attracting jobs, providing skills training and making sure that people who work hard can earn a decent living.

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