By Sam Youngman - 09/27/11 08:24 PM EDT
President Obama continued his assault on Republicans Tuesday, telling a crowd in Denver that the GOP won't pass his jobs plan because it would give him a "win."
Obama, wrapping up his West Coast tour with a stop in the city where he accepted the Democratic nomination in 2008, blasted Republicans as he again framed his jobs plan and the upcoming campaign as a choice facing America.
"Give me a win?" Obama said. "Give me a break. That's why folks are fed up with Washington. This isn't about giving me a win. This isn't about giving Democrats or Republicans a win. This is about giving people who are hurting a win."
Obama framed his remarks around the education components of his jobs plan, telling the crowd at a high school in Denver that passage of the bill would mean more teachers and better classrooms.
And the president emphasized the tax cuts in the plan, attempting to put Republicans on defense over the employee payroll tax cut that Obama said would put $1,700 in the Americans' pockets.
"But if Congress doesn’t act — if Congress refuses to pass this bill — middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time," Obama said. "We can’t let that happen.
"Republicans say they’re the party of tax cuts. Tell them to prove it. Tell them to fight as hard for tax cuts for working Americans as they do for the wealthiest Americans. Tell them it’s time to pass this jobs bill."
Denver was the last stop for the president in his three-day West Coast tour, which began in Seattle and included stops in California. Besides attending several high-dollar fundraisers, Obama used the trip to promote his jobs proposal.