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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has left the White House for a flight to North Carolina, where he’ll begin a three-day bus tour aimed at pushing Congress to pass pieces of his jobs bill — while also trying to build support for his re-election bid.

Obama’s effort to win passage of the entire $447 billion bill was blocked by Senate Republicans — so now he and his Democratic allies will try to get pieces of it approved.

He starts a bus tour today through North Carolina and Virginia, two key reelection states. He’ll be calling on lawmakers to pass components of his bill that provide assistance to states to hire or prevent laying off teachers and first responders. Obama also wants lawmakers to pass $50 billion in new spending on infrastructure.

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