Sep. 5 - Obama says infrastructure improvement projects will be part of his upcoming jobs plan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. President Barack Obama said infrastructure improvement projects will be part of his upcoming jobs plan in a speech in Detroit on Monday (September 5). The President spoke before labor union members at a campaign-style gathering of about 13,000 in a General Motors parking lot. "We're fighting for good jobs, with good wages. We're fighting for healthcare when you get sick. We're fighting for a secure retirement, even if you're not rich. We're fighting for a chance to give our kids a better life than we had. That's what we're doing to restore middle class security, and rebuild this economy the American way, based on balance and fairness and the same set of rules for everybody - from Wall Street to Main Street - an economy where hard work pays off, and gaming the system doesn't pay off, and everybody's got a shot at the American dream. That's what we're fighting for," Obama said. Obama previewed proposals for new infrastructure spending and an extension of payroll tax cuts as part of a major jobs package he will unveil this week, and challenged Republicans to find common ground with him. "On Thursday, we're going to lay out a new way forward on jobs to grow the economy and put more Americans back to work right now. I don't want to give everything away right here because I want you all to tune in on Thursday - but I'll give you just a little bit. We've got roads and bridges across this country that need rebuilding. We've got private companies with the equipment and the manpower to do the building. We've got more than one million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now. There is work to be done and there are workers ready to do it. Labor is onboard. Business is onboard. We just need Congress to get onboard. Let's put America back to work," Obama said. Obama's upcoming jobs speech has taken on new urgency after last Friday's dismal Labor Department report, which showed zero U.S. employment growth in August and the jobless rate stuck at 9.1 percent. The data stoked fresh fears that the fragile U.S. economy could slide back into recession and underscored for Obama that his 2012 re-election chances hinge heavily on his ability to reignite the recovery and spur job creation. Michigan is expected to be crucial battleground state in the 2012 election.