President Obama just told House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that he wants to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. ET, to lay out his latest jobs plan.
Worth noting: 8 p.m. ET is also the planned starting time for the Sept. 7 Republican candidates presidential debate at the Reagan Library in California. It's scheduled to be broadcast on MSNBC, CNBS and Telemundo. Politico will be streaming it.
Watch for one of those times to perhaps change (we think we know which one it would more likely be).
Update at 3:05 p.m. ET: Politico and NBC News say the debate will not be postponed.
Update at 12:55 p.m. ET. Republican Chairman Accuses White House Of Playing Politics.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says on his Twitter page that:
"@BarackObama request to give jobs speech the same night as GOP Presidential debate is further proof this WH is all politics all the time"
Update at 12:30 p.m. ET: At the White House a moment ago, spokesman Jay Carney said the time and date was not chosen to conflict with the debate. "Of course not," he said, adding that "many factors," including Congress' availability, were part of the decision-making process.
Carney added that the debate is one "of many that's on one channel of many" and was "not enough reason to not have the speech at the time we decided to have it."
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