Nutter, Toomey react to Obama’s speech on jobs

    Last night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation with his plan for jumpstarting the economy and getting people back to work.

    We’ll hear more about the $300 billion plan this morning on Radio Times, but Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey have already responded — and quite differently

    Nutter called the plan, “exactly what that this country, and certainly Philadelphia, needs to get our economy going, to get the unemployed back into the workforce, to invest in teachers, police officers and firefighters, to fix roads, bridges and our schools, and to help with our veterans who are now serving the country in uniform and will be looking for jobs when they return.”

     

    Toomey’s reaction is in line with what his focus has been on during the economic crisis: spending.

    “Right now, we need to be focused on the joint goals of reducing our deficits and creating jobs, but tonight I heard the president call for hundreds of billions of dollars in increased spending,” he said. “President Obama has tried massive stimulus spending and it hasn’t work; most of tonight’s speech appears to be more of the same.”

    At 10 a.m. on Radio Times, join guest host Tracey Matisak with Politico’s David Mark and the National Journal’s Jim Tankersley to hear more about the plan. You can tune in live onilne or at 90.9 FM.

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