Obama: Congress should vote on jobs bill in Oct.

By Julie Pace

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 3 2011 1:40 p.m. MDT

The administration's goal, they said, it to present a picture of the Democrats unified in pushing for the jobs bill and the Republicans in opposition.

Asked whether the president would also share in the responsibility if his bill didn't pass, the officials argued that the public separates the president from Congress, and sees him as someone who is willing to work with the other party.

"I have to tell you that I can't imagine any American that I've been talking to that's not interested in seeing construction workers back on the job rebuilding roads and bridges, schools, airports; putting teachers back in the classroom to make sure that our kids are getting the very best education; making sure our vets get help when they come home and that small businesses have further incentive to hire them," Obama said Monday.

In an interview with ABC Monday, he added: "What I think the American people cannot abide by is us doing nothing."

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