Obama shifts date of jobs address to September 8

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Posted: Aug 31, 2011 9:34 PM
Obama shifts date of jobs address to September 8

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 8th 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.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Anthony Boadle)