Obama previews jobs speech, challenges Republicans

September 5, 2011 22:58

DETROIT - US President Barack Obama on Monday previewed proposals for new infrastructure spending and an extension of payroll tax cuts as part of a major jobs package he will unveil this week, and challenged Republicans to find common ground with him.

Obama used a Labor Day rally with cheering union workers in economically hard-hit Detroit to set a combative tone ahead of his nationally televised speech to Congress on Thursday, signaling he is ready to confront Republicans over their resistance to his agenda.

"We're going to see if congressional Republicans can put country before party," Obama told a campaign-style gathering of about 13,000 in a General Motors parking lot. "The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now."

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