President Obama In Raleigh Promoting Jobs

President Barack Obama is touting the benefits of his new jobs bill for small businesses, which he says have not rebounded from the recession as well as large corporations.

After touring a machine company in North Carolina, Obama pitched initiatives in the $447 billion plan that he says would give tax breaks to small businesses and allow them to hire more workers.

Obama says the bill would put 19,000 thousands construction workers in North Carolina back on the job. The administration hasn't released estimates of how many jobs the bill would create nationwide.

Obama's speech in North Carolina was his third event to promote the jobs bill in as many days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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President Barack Obama is making his second visit since June to North Carolina's Research Triangle region, this time to promote his $450 billion jobs program.

Obama visited a small business in Apex Wednesday morning. He was scheduled to start at 12:55 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University, but he started speaking just after 12:45 p.m.

The visit isn't only serving as a chance to sell the jobs program he unveiled in a speech to Congress last week. North Carolina is likely to be one of the most hotly-contested states in the country during next year's presidential election.

Obama won the state in 2008, but since then Republicans have gained the advantage, winning control of the General Assembly for the first time in over 100 years.

(Copyright 2011 by WITN & The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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