When the going gets rough, blame the other guys. That appeared to be President Obama’s game plan Monday as he attacked congressional Republicans at the start of a three-day bus tour across North Carolina and Virginia. Both are states he won in 2008 that could be hard to hold onto in next year’s presidential race.

Mr. Obama started in Ashville, N.C., a liberal haven in the conservative western part of the state, and wasted no time in lashing out at Senate Republicans for blocking consideration of his $447 billion jobs bill last week.

“They said no to putting teachers and construction workers back on the job,” Obama said to a crowd at Ashville Regional Airport. “They said no to rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our airports. They said no to cutting taxes for middle-class families and small businesses when all they’ve been doing is cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”

Obama then described the Republican jobs plan in the most caustic of terms: “You got their plan, which is, Let’s have dirtier air, dirtier water, [and] less people with health insurance.”

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