By Sam Youngman - 09/22/11 07:59 PM EDT
President Obama upped the political ante over the jobs bill Thursday, flying to Northern Kentucky to target Republican leaders personally.
Obama's visit to the Brent Spence bridge that connects Kentucky to Cincinnati was just a coincidence, the president joked, but it served notice that Obama is fully engaged in campaign politics, putting a bullseye on Republican leaders.
"Now, the bridge behind us just happens to connect the state that’s home to the Speaker of the House with the home state of the Republican leader in the Senate," Obama said. "Now that's just a coincidence. Purely accidental that that happened. The reason I came here is because Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are the two most powerful Republicans in government. They can either kill this jobs bill, or they can help us pass it."
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