Republicans said Sunday they're not holding out hope for President Obama's upcoming jobs speech, saying the ideas they've heard so far do not represent the kind of growth plan the economy needs.
The criticism comes ahead of Obama's Thursday address before a Joint Session of Congress. Though aides caution that the speech will not be the "be-all and end-all" prescription for the economy, pressure is on the president to produce a bold plan -- particularly after a new Labor Department report showed zero net jobs were created in August.
Tea Party-aligned Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said bluntly that he's "tired of speeches." Running through several proposals that could make an appearance in the president's speech, DeMint said the ideas Obama has are not the proposals the private sector needs.