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The President’s speech, Republican plans and the politics of jobs and the economy

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The President's speech in Detroit on Monday was considered a dress rehearsal for his address to Congress on Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

In a much anticipated speech last night, the president outlined his proposals for getting Americans back to work and jumpstarting a stagnant economy.  His roughly $447 billion plan included the extension of existing tax breaks for workers and those who employ them and a push for federal funding for bridge and road construction.  The President spoke in a joint session to Congress signally to legislators that he expects them to share the responsibility for passing legislation that will get the country back on track.   And earlier this week, at a debate held at the Reagan presidential library, the Republican presidential candidates offered their ideas about reigniting the economy and restoring jobs.  This morning in Hour 1 of Radio Times we’ll get reaction to the President’s speech?  Did he make his case to the American public and to Congress?  We’ll also talk about Republican proposals and look ahead to how Congress might respond.  Our guests are DAVID MARK of Politico and JIM TANKERSLEY of National Journal.

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