taking new hits over his proposed jobs bill. this is one of the front runners in the gop presidential race traveled to new
for a high profile meeting. nbc's political director and chief
the week is not yet over but signs are the president is still struggling to sell this jobs bill, even now as congressional democrats are beginning to raise concerns. for the obama
, it's been a week of bad news. from the
losses in new
and nevada to those
hearings looking into why one of the president's signature stimulus ideas,
, hasn't come to fruition, to a new poll showing a majority of americans doubt the president's proposed jobs bill will have any impact on the struggling economy. it's a bleak backdrop for the president's jobs push.
making his third trip to a
since friday, the president wasted no time in challenging congressional republicans.
they like to talk about how we're in favor of
's jobs creators. you know what? if you're in favor of
's jobs creators this is your bill.
republicans aren't buying it.
called the president's pitch a trap for the gop.
if we vote for this plan we'll own the economy with the president. he desperately needs someone else to blame it on. if we vote against it, he's going to try to say congress blocked his ability to create jobs.
even some democrats acknowledge the
on their party, pointing to the new
defeat as a
the message, once again, came loud and clear. get to work putting
back to work.
some obama supporters are worried there's a disconnect between the president's likability and the fact that some voters are simply giving up on him as a leader.
he has to prove to people that he's a strong leader, a decisive leader, and he's bringing back the economy and unless and until he does that, it doesn't matter that people personally like him.
despite all the bad news the president remains competitive with leading republican candidates
. perry continues to play up his blunt talking image, telling "time" magazine --
and i think the american citizens are just tired of all of this, you know,
and politicians who are tiptoeing around important issues. they want a decisive leader.
perry spent his day wooing evangelicals at
, then went to new
to woo celebrity businessman turned
. the two hob nobbed with models at a
and went to dinner at the swanky restaurant
's, a much more formal affair compared to trump's pizza party with
in july. and today the
got a little bit more bad news when it comes to his jobs bill. a handful of
are saying, you know what? let's not take it all up at once. let's take it piece meal, the exact same things republicans said a few days earlier, matt.
in washington for us this morning at the
. thanks very much.