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Obama on tour, blasts House

After posing for a photo, summer school kids help President Barack Obama to his feet, Monday in Chatfield, Minn.

DECORAH, Iowa – In the clearest expression yet of his 2012 re-election strategy, President Barack Obama said he will send a jobs package to Congress next month, ask lawmakers to pass it, and campaign against them if they refuse.

Obama made the declaration in a town hall-style meeting in Iowa on Monday night as he is facing criticism for not advancing a strategy bold enough to bolster job growth and his re-election prospects.

“I’ll be putting forward a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control the deficit,” Obama said on the first day of his three-day Midwest bus tour. “And my attitude will be, ‘Get it done.’ ”

If Congress fails to pass the legislation, Obama said, “The choice (in 2012) will be very stark and the choice will be very clear.”

During stops in rural hamlets in Minnesota and Iowa, the president blasted a Republican-led House “that doesn’t seem willing to make the tough choices to move America forward.”

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