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Obama raps Congress on second-day campaign tour

(Xinhua)

09:01, August 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at partisan bickering in the Congress on the second leg of his three-state tour in the Midwest, as he rolls out jobs measures that could be implemented without congressional approval.

"We could do even more if Congress is willing to get in the game," Obama told a rural economic forum held by the White House in Peosta, Iowa, on the second leg of his three-day tour in the Midwest.

Announcing new job-creating initiatives at the forum. Obama said the administration could implement without the approval of Congress, including a 350-million-dollar investment to promote training, education and jobs in rural communities, as well as a 510-million-dollar investment over the next three years in advanced biofuel development.

"There's nothing wrong with this country; we'll get through this moment of challenge. The only question is... can we get our politics to match up with the decency of our people," said the president.

Obama is facing a new low at the polls, as the debt-ceiling stand-off in the past month took a toll on both political parties and the president.

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