South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint threatened Wednesday to object to President Barack Obama’s requested jobs speech before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7.
From his hometown of Greenville, S.C., DeMint issued a statement saying that “the president should pick another night.”
“Frankly, we’ve had enough speeches from the President,” DeMint said. “If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a teleprompter.”
Obama requested that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assemble a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, a setting where the president wants to deliver a much-anticipated speech laying out his plan to address jobs and the economy.
A Republican presidential debate sponsored by Politico and NBC News is scheduled for the same night. Boehner responded in a letter asking the president to consider Sept. 8 as the night for the speech. (RELATED: Boehner requests that Obama delay jobs speech)
“I’m planning to watch the Republican primary debate on the evening of September 7, and the President should watch it too,” the DeMint statement read. “He will hear job creation ideas that don’t involve more wasteful stimulus spending. And he’ll hear ideas that don’t include job-destroying tax hikes.”