Republicans: Obama's Cincinnati visit next week is a "political ploy"

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - President Barack Obama will travel to Cincinnati on Thursday, Sept. 22 to deliver remarks at the Brent Spence Bridge.

The President will urge Congress to pass the American Jobs Act now to make investments in infrastructure projects across the country and put more Americans back to work.

The Brent Spence Bridge is on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America, yet it is considered 'functionally obsolete' because it is in need of so many significant repairs.

The President mentioned the bridge during his jobs speech to Congress last week.

"There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work," Obama said during the speech. "There's a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America."

Republicans agree that the Brent Spence Bridge needs to be replaced but say Obama is coming to Cincinnati for another reason.

"We see this just purely as a political ploy in a visit that's designed to improve President Obama's political standing, not to help our region economically, said Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman, Alex Triantafilou.

"Look, its all part of what any president would be doing to sell an important piece of legislation like his jobs package," said Hamilton county Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke. "Do you want to call that politics? That's fine. But its politics with a small 'p' in trying to sell to the American public a plan that is vitally important."

Logistical details of the visit have not yet been released.

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