President Obama's bus trip starting Monday is designed to make sure voters know he will keep pushing Republicans to pass his job-creation proposals even though the Senate rejected his comprehensive jobs bill earlier this week.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, "The Senate vote was the beginning of the fight, not the end. And we aren't going to stop talking about jobs and the economy until we have the kind of economic growth and job creation that this country needs and deserves....And so you can expect to hear us, hear the president making the case for the need to take action until Congress takes action on every item in the American Jobs Act."
Since the bill stalled in the Senate, the president has called on Congress to pass it in sections. Among his priorities are building more roads and bridges, which would put many construction workers back on the job; enacting tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses, and increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Obama is scheduled to make several stops in North Carolina, including Asheville and Greensboro, and Virginia, including Emporia and Hampton, from Monday to Wednesday.
Obama made a similar three-day bus trip in August to Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota.
All are battleground states that will be key to the outcome of the 2012 election.