WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign in politically key states aimed at rallying the public behind President Barack Obama's new jobs plan and pressuring a divided Congress to act.

The television ads show portions of Obama's speech to Congress last week promoting the $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending. They urge viewers to "Read it. Fight for it. … Pass the President's Jobs Plan."

The spots were to begin airing Monday and are the first round in an effort that will last several weeks, said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse. [Preview ad video below]

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