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Obama shifts date of jobs address to September 8

world Updated: Sep 03, 2011 11:22 IST
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US President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on September 8 instead of September 7 to unveil proposals to create new jobs, bowing to objections from Republicans, the White House said on Wednesday.

Obama had requested originally to address Congress on the same night as Republican presidential candidates are holding a televised debate.

"The president is focused on the urgent need to create jobs and grow our economy, so he welcomes the opportunity to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 8 and challenge our nation's leaders to start focusing 100% of their attention on doing whatever they can to help the American people," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

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