Matt Spetalnick
October 17, 2011

President Barack Obama sought on Monday to turn up the heat on Republicans blocking his jobs package in Congress as he embarked on a campaign-style bus tour across states vital to his 2012 re-election chances.

Hitting the road again, this time in the swing states of North Carolina and Virginia, Obama attempted to rally public support in pressuring lawmakers to pass at least parts of his $447 billion jobs agenda, even after the plan as a whole was defeated last week.

“We’re going to give members of Congress a chance to step up to the plate and to do the right thing,” Obama told a cheering crowd at the airport in Asheville, North Carolina, the starting point for his slow-rolling, three-day trek through small Southern towns in a jet-black armored bus.

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