(CNN) - Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, one Republican thinks the president should spend less time on the campaign trail and more time creating jobs for Americans.
"President Obama has been running around the country trying to re-elect Democrat members of Congress," Sen. John Thune said in the weekly Republican address Saturday. "But if the conversations I've had with voters are any indication, the president should spend less time campaigning to save the jobs of Democrats in Congress, and more time trying to create jobs for the American people."
The South Dakota Republican, who is often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, derided Obama's oft-used campaign line: If you want to move a car forward you put in "D," and if you want to move it backward you put it in "R."
"It's a clever line, but when you're speeding toward a cliff, you don't want to keep the car in drive," Thune said.
He said Republicans "have real, concrete solutions" and want to take the country in a new direction. Thune called for repealing the health care law, supporting small businesses and reversing government bailouts and "takeovers of private businesses."
In his weekly address, the president said Republicans would "take this country backward." He cited Wall Street reform legislation that he said was passed "in hopes of ensuring that we never again face a crisis like the one we've been through."
"Despite the importance of this law … top Republicans in Congress are now beating the drum to repeal all of these reforms and consumer protections," Obama said. "I think it's so important that we not take this country backward – that we don't go back to the broken system we had before."
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