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Republicans dismiss Obama trip as all image

Thursday - 5/9/2013, 2:40pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama begins a series of quick trips to cities around the country with a focus on job creation, Republicans are dismissing the effort as simply image-building.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says, 'If you're someone who's all about the visual, then of course putting on a pair of goggles or showing up at a factory is a great way to at least look like you're doing something about job creation."

And House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says, "The president doesn't seem to understand that it's his policies that are undermining economic growth and job creation."

Republicans have shown no interest in job-creation plans based on new federal spending. They also argue that Obama's regulatory regime and his new health care law are hindering more robust job growth.

Obama is visiting Austin, Texas today, as he tries to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union speech that became overshadowed amid the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts.

He's talking about attracting jobs, providing skills training and making sure that people who work hard can earn a decent living.

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035-c-21-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"will create jobs"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports this is the first of a series of trips Obama's making to talk up his economic plans. (9 May 2013)

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056-a-09-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news conference)-"of his agenda (second reference)"-White House press secretary Jay Carney says the president's using this trip to higlight what works in high-tech manufacturing. (9 May 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCK111: Marine One, with President Barack Obama aboard, flies past the Washington Monument as workers build scaffolding to the top, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington, to make repairs to the 555-foot marble obelisk that was damaged in the August 2011 earthquake. President Obama is en route to Texas, as part of his "Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (9 May 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCK103: President Barack Obama waves to the media as he walks from the Oval Office across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington, as he travels to Texas, as part of his "Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tours." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (9 May 2013)

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