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Monday, October 10, 2011

Week Ahead: Tests For Obama Jobs Bill and Candidate Perry

Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry of Texas at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.  (AP)

Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry of Texas at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. (AP)

President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill faces a big political test this week with a vote scheduled in the Senate Tuesday.

Some Democrats have questioned the size of the package, while Republicans have said they will block passage because the bill increases taxes on people making over a million dollars a year.

Republican presidential candidates are headed to New Hampshire for a debate Tuesday and some observers say it could be a do-or-die moment for Rick Perry, who tied for 4th place in a straw poll this weekend.

In the background is the growing Occupy Wall Street protest, and new numbers showing that Americans’ incomes continued to fall sharply even after the official recession ended.

Guest:

  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC’s “World News,” and co-host of network’s webcast, “Top Line.”

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