President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday he may have to break up his jobs bill in the face of political paralysis in Washington that could thwart major action to spur hiring before the 2012 elections.

Obama has tried to put his Republican opponents on the spot by highlighting their opposition to his $447 billion proposal to create jobs at a time when high unemployment is becoming the dominant issue in early election campaigning.

But the plan looks set to to fail in the U.S. Senate later on Tuesday with Republicans refusing to buckle and some Democrats signaling their opposition.

“If they don’t pass the whole package we’re going to break it up into constituent parts,” Obama said in Pittsburgh in his most frank acknowledgment to date that the plan will not pass in its entirety.

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