RICHMOND (AP) — President Barack Obama took the sales pitch for his newly unveiled jobs plan on the road Friday, venturing out of Washington and into the home turf of one of his top Republican antagonists. It was the first of many expected efforts by the president to rally public support for his $447 billion initiative.

The president, set to speak at the University of Richmond, is casting his jobs package as a bipartisan plan that will get Americans back to work quickly.

Obama was opening his public relations campaign in the congressional district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The White House said the choice of destination had more to do with Richmond's proximity to Washington than taking a jab at the Virginia Republican, who has been one of the president's fiercest critics. Cantor did say Friday morning that he'd be willing to work with the White House on a job-creation plan so long as Obama doesn't pursue an "all-or-nothing" strategy.

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