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Obama Jobs Speech Prompts Reaction From Republican Presidential Candidates (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/08/11 11:51 PM ET   Updated: 11/08/11 05:12 AM ET

After President Barack Obama delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress on a new plan from his administration to create jobs, it didn't take long for Republicans running for their party's presidential nomination to react to the address.

Obama outlined his proposal to get Americans back to work as the nation's unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent. Job creation and the state of the country's economy have been central issues for the field of GOP contenders vying for a chance to run against the president in 2012.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman have both released proposals to boost job creation in recent weeks.

Below, a slideshow highlighting reaction from the Republican presidential candidates to Obama's speech. (Note: We will update this post with additional reaction as it is released.)

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney responded to the president's speech by releasing a web video after the address.



The Republican contender's message: "Mr. President, you are 960 days late."



A note posted on the Romney campaign website along with the clip reads: "Under President Obama, America has lost more than two-and-a-half million jobs. Nearly 25 million Americans are out of work, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work. As of September 1, the national debt was an estimated $14.6 trillion. Obama Isn't Working."



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